Etichetta di dominio


Etichetta grammaticale

c. n.


A moth of the genus Zygæna or Anthrocera; one of the many moths of the family Zygæna. 1


The six-spotted burnet-moth is Z. or A. filipendulæ, a common European species, with six red spots on a dark ground; the larva is yellow, spotted with black. Z. or A. loti is another species, the five-spotted burnet-moth. 2
The six-spot burnet moth is brightly coloured and is active by day. As a result it is often mistaken for a butterfly. People generally think that moths only fly at night but in fact a number, including the six-spot burnet moth, fly by day. It has blackish blue front wings which have a metallic shine and are patterned with the six red round spots that give it its name. The hind wings are crimson with a very narrow dark blue/black border. Its wing span is 30-38mm. Its antennae, rather unusual for a moth, are club shaped. They are used for feeling and smelling. The caterpillar is short and plump measuring about 22mm. It has a greenish yellow body with two rows of black botches along its back and smaller spots along its sides. It has large jaws for chewing the plants on which it feeds.
The bright colours of the moth and its caterpillar make them very conspicuous. All stages in the life cycle of the six-spot burnet moth contain cyanide in their bodies and their bright colours protect them by warning birds and other predators that they are poisonous. 3


The most distinguishing characters of the Burnet Moth are its six red spots (occasionally yellow or even black) on the forewing with the two front spots merged into one. 4

Trascrizione fonetica

[ˈbɜ:nɪt mɔθ] 5

Sinonimi e Antonimi

six-spot burnet 6
burnet 7
forester 8


Burnet: Middle English, from Medieval Latin burneta, from Old French brunete, dark brown, diminutive of brun, brown, of Germanic origin; see bher- in Indo-European roots. 9
Moth: O.E. moððe (Northumbrian mohðe), common Gmc. (cf. O.N. motti, M.Du. motte, Ger. Motte "moth"), perhaps related to O.E. maða "maggot," or from the root of midge (q.v.). Until 16c. used mostly of the larva, usually in reference to devouring clothes (cf. Matt. vi.20). 10

Etichetta di paese

Università degli Studi di Genova, Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere, Corso di Laurea in Teorie e Tecniche della Mediazione Interlinguistica.

Data della scheda
Thu Mar 3 19:13:46 2011

Sheila Raneri rev. Gerbaudo


1 : «http://www.wordnik.com/words/Burnet-moth»; (05/02/2011)

2 : «http://www.wordnik.com/words/Burnet-moth»; (05/02/2011)

3 : «http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/A439952.pdf»; (05/02/2011)

4 : «http://www.bonnyfieldlnr.org/burnetmoth.html»; (11/02/2011)

5 : «http://dictionary.reference.com»; (11/02/2011)

6 : «http://dizionari.corriere.it/dizionario_inglese/Italiano/Z/zigena.shtml»; (10/02/2011)

7 : «http://dizionari.hoepli.it/Dizionario_Italiano-Inglese/parola/zigena.aspx?idD=2&Query=zigena»; (10/02/2011)

8 : «http://dizionari.hoepli.it/Dizionario_Italiano-Inglese/parola/zigena.aspx?idD=2&Query=zigena»; (10/02/2011)

9 : «http://www.wordnik.com/words/burnet»; (08/02/2011)

10 : «http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=moth»; (10/02/2011)

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