Copyright: Per Hoffmann Olsen

Zygaena (Zygaena) filipendulae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Zygaena (Zygaena) filipendulae

Easy to spot, six clearly separated red spots and black antenna tips. But be careful it is very similar to the Z. transalpina.

Flight-period Central Europe: from Mid May to Mid September

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Conservation Status in Austria: Least Concern (LC)



  • English: Six-spot Burnet
  • German/Austrian: Sechsfleckwidderchen
  • Danish: Seksplettet køllesværmer
  • Image: 1920x1080
  • Location: Austria, Niederösterreich, Ober-Danegg
  • Date: 13/07/2008
  • Copyright: Per Hoffmann Olsen
  • Camera: Canon EOS 30D
  • Lens: Sigma 150mm APO Macro


The red spots on the Z. transalpina are a little smaller and further away from each other than the Z. filipendulae, but that is not enough to identify it. On the forewing undersides of the Z. transalpina the spots are grown together, this is not the case with Z. filipendulae. The tip of the Z. transalpina antennas are yellow in contrast to Z. filipendulaes black tips.

There is another species which could be confused with Z. filipendulae and that is the Z. angelicae. The number of spots vary from 5 to 6, but the antenna tips are always clearly white.

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