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New Forest burnet fact file

New Forest burnet description

GenusZygaena New Forest burnet biology

Adults of this single-brooded species fly in sunshine throughout July New Forest burnet range

This subspecies is only found in a single site in western Argyll, Scotland New Forest burnet habitat

Found in fairly long grassland where the foodplants meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) and bird’s foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) grow New Forest burnet status

Classified as Endangered in Britain and fully protected in the UK under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 New Forest burnet threats

Potential threats facing this endangered moth include sheep grazing and collecting of adults and caterpillars. The fact that just a single colony exists at present makes this subspecies inherently vulnerable to chance events, such as storms and accidental habitat damage, for example New Forest burnet conservation

The New Forest Burnet is listed as a priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and a Species Action Plan has been produced to coordinate conservation efforts aimed at this moth

The UK Biodiversity Action Plan for this species is available at UK BAP.


Information authenticated by Dr Mark Young of Aberdeen University
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/biologicalsci/ with the sinvertebrates_freshwater


In arthropods (crustaceans, insects and arachnids) the abdomen is the hind region of the body, which is usually segmented to a degree (but not visibly in most spiders). In crustacea (e.g. crabs) some of the limbs attach to the abdomen; in insects the limbs are attached to the thorax (the part of the body nearest to the head) and not the abdomen. In vertebrates the abdomen is the part of the body that contains the internal organs (except the heart and lungs).
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  1. NBN Species Dictionary. (Feb 2003). Available on-line from: http://nbn.nhm.ac.uk/nhm/
  2. Young, M (2004) Pers. comm.
  3. UK BAP Species Action Plan for Zygaena viciae argyllensis. (November 2003): www.ukbap.org.uk
  4. Skinner, B. (1984) Colour identification guide to the moths of the British Isles. Penguin Books, Harmondsworth.

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Pair of New Forest Burnet moths mating  
Pair of New Forest Burnet moths mating

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