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TRANSPARENT BURNET

MOTH

Zygaena Purpuralis

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5th Aug 2009, Lytham, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
There was a small swarm of them on this Common Ragwort plant on sand dunes by the sea.


5th Aug 2009, Lytham, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Similar to a 5-spot Burnet, but the wings are transparent in those places without black markings. Even the red markings are semi-transparent.


5th Aug 2009, Lytham, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
In this specimen the red markings are even fainter and even more transparent.



Some similarities to : Burnet Moths: Five-Spot Burnet and Six-Spot Burnet.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : The translucent wings, tinted red with black but still semi-transparent markings. Transparent wings may be unusual for Moths and Butterflies, but flies have had them for millions of years.


  Zygaena Purpuralis  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Zygaenidae  

TRANSPARENT BURNET

MOTH

Zygaena Purpuralis

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