Six spot Burnet moth (Zygaena filipendula)
Taken 24 Jul 10, 0900hrs. f/5.6, 1,000th sec, ISO 200,
aperture, centre weighted, manual focus, hand-held.
A day flying moth, 30-38mm wing span, blackish/blue front wings with a metallic shine which are patterned with six round red spots, the hind wings are crimson with blue/black border, the antennae, unusually for a moth are club shaped they are used for feeling and smelling, they drink nectar from plants using their proboscis. At all stages of their life the moth contains cyanide in their bodies, their bright colours warn birds and other predators that they are poisonous.
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