Zygaena trifolii

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Five-spot Burnet
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Zygaenidae
Genus: Zygaena
Species: Z. trifolii
Binomial name
Zygaena trifolii
(Esper, 1783)
  • Sphinx trifolii Esper, 1783

The Five-spot Burnet (Zygaena trifolii) is a moth in the family Zygaenidae. It is found from North Africa, through the western Mediterranean, southern Great Britain and central Europe to Ukraine. It is not found in Scandinavia, the central Alps and Italy.[1]


The wingspan is 28–33 mm. Adults are on wing from the mid June to the beginning of August in one generation per year.

The larvae feed on the leaves of Lotus uliginosus and Lotus corniculatus. The species overwinters in the larval stage and may overwinter twice.


  • Zygaena trifolii trifolii
  • Zygaena trifolii barcelonensis Reiss, 1922
  • Zygaena trifolii caerulescens Oberthur, 1910
  • Zygaena trifolii decreta Verity, 1925
  • Zygaena trifolii duponcheliana Oberthur, 1910
  • Zygaena trifolii espunnica Reiss, 1936
  • Zygaena trifolii hibera Verity, 1925
  • Zygaena trifolii lusitaniaemixta Verity, 1930
  • Zygaena trifolii olbiana Oberthur, 1910
  • Zygaena trifolii palustrella Verity, 1925
  • Zygaena trifolii palustris Oberthur, 1896
  • Zygaena trifolii pusilla Oberthur, 1910
  • Zygaena trifolii subsyracusia Verity, 1925
  • Zygaena trifolii syracusia Zeller, 1847


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