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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Common Bird's-foot-trefoil.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded191619951916
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records33111684
Number of individuals1214013124542
Unique positions1778370
Unique locations1388292
Adult records26111544
Immature records14028

For the region, we have a total of 684 records from 292 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1916.


0169 Six-spot Burnet 04
© Gillian Nash, 14 June 2020
0169 Six-spot Burnet 03
© Phyl England
0169 Six-spot Burnet 02 larva
© Jack Oughton
0169 Six-spot Burnet 01
© Phyl England 17 Jun 2010

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species with a wide distribution across the British Isles, the larva feeding on common bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). In Dorset, the moth can be found in most situations where the plant grows. It is locally abundant on dry unimproved grassland, verges, embankments and undercliffs, where it may often be seen sitting on hardhead (Centaurea nigra) and field scabious (Knautia arvensis) flower-heads. Elsewhere, it is decidedly local and colonies are usually small and discrete. Adults seem to emerge over a protracted period and may be seen on the wing at any time between the end of May and the middle of August.

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