Zygaenidae (English name: Burnets)
From 2020 I have started to take an interest in the Zygaenidae family of Burnets, taking a photograph of each one for identification purposes.
They are moths rather than butterflies, but they receive a great deal of interest from French lepidopterists and are included in many Atlases - with excellent coverage in the CEN-PACA Atlas (https://naturographe-editions.fr/boutique/atlas-des-papillons-de-jour-et-zygenes)
Some have English names, but most do not. There are a number of species in this family, but I have started with the "classic" Burnets. Others will follow in due course.
I find them remarkably difficult to identify, despite the fact that there are limited numbers of them, and I am hope hopeful rather than confident that they are correctly identified.
I am indebted to Philippe Bricaire's excellent visual identification key: https://www.fleetingwonders.com/burnet-identification-key.php
|Zygaena lonicerae_Hautes-Alpes_Alt 1960m_13Jul20_47330||Zygaena lonicerae_Hautes-Alpes_Alt 1960m_13Jul20_47333||Zygaena lonicerae_Hautes-Alpes_Alt 1960m_13Jul20_47336||Zygaena filipendulae_Hautes-Alpes_Alt 1960m_13Jul20_47339|
|Zygaena exulans_Alpes-Maritimes_Alt 2300m_16Jul20_47411||Zygaena lonicerae_Alpes-Maritimes_Alt 1900m_17Jul20_47432||Zygaena lonicerae_Alpes-Maritimes_Alt 1550m_19Jul20_47487||Zygaena lonicerae_Alpes-Maritimes_Alt 1550m_19Jul20_47502|
|Zygaena lonicerae_Hautes-Alpes_Alt 1250m_21Jul20_47557||Zygaena purpuralis_Hautes-Pyrénées_Alt 1600m_8Jul21_48230||Zygaena viciae_Ariège_Alt 1930m_11Jul21_48315||Zygaena viciae_Pyrénées-Orientales_Alt 1360m_12Jul21_48410|