PHOTO CAPTION: Five-spot Burnet moth, Zygaena trifolii (Photo taken by Keith Edkins)
The Zygaenidae are a family of Lepidoptera (moths) typically day-flying with a slow fluttering flight, and with rather clubbed antennae. They generally have a metallic sheen and often prominent spots of red or yellow. The bright colors are a warning to predators that the moths are distasteful – they contain toxic substances throughout all stages of their life-cycle.
The majority of Zygaenids are tropical, but they are nevertheless quite well represented in temperate regions. Various species are commonly known as Burnet or Forester moths, often qualified by the number of spots.