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Summer Critters 4 - Burnet Moths

The six-spot burnet moths, Zygaena filipendulae, is a day flying black/blue and red moth. The wings are a shiny black and blue colour with six bright red spots on them. The hind wings are a crimson with a blue/black border. The wingspan of the moth is 30-40 millimetres. Their antennae, which they use for touch and smell, are club shaped which is unusual for a moth. The bright colours are for warning predators not to eat them as they contain cyanide making them poisonous. (Source: www.snh.org.uk/wildlifecrimeschools/index.asp?tm=69)

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Taken on June 16, 2009