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Zygaena lonicerae Scheven, 1777

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Zygaena lonicerae Scheven, 1777
Common names: Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet [En], Zygène des bois [Fr], Hornklee-Widderchen [De]

Grammos Mount, KASTORIA ● Greece

Description: Wingspan 30-46 mm. A variable species with a number of subspecies and forms.
This species is rather similar to Z. trifolii, but separated by the usually larger size, longer and narrow forewing with apex attenuate (more rounded at apex in Z. trifolii), spot 3 smaller than spot 4 and not confluent and hindwing border pronounced extending from apex to before tornus. There do not seem to be any genital differences between these 2 species.

Biology: The larva lives on different species of Trifolium and Lathyrus. Cocoon detached on the stems of grasses.
The adults fly from end of June towards end of July in one generation. They are active during the day and visiting different flowers like Scabiosa, Knautia, Cirsium and Centaurea.

Habitat: Grassland, chalk downland and sea-cliffs.

Distribution: Europe, including Scandinavia, Turkey.

References:
Lepidoptera of Belgium





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