Visual key for identifying a burnet (genus Zygaena)

 select the option which corresponds best
to your specimen then click on 'next step'...

  numbering of the spots        
  choice A
  • the red spots are circled with a bright colour (yellow or white)
  • spot No.6 is elongated and can be half-moon shaped 
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  choice B
  • the red (sometimes white) spots are not circled with a bright colour
  • some spots can touch each other, but are still visible
  • spots No.5&No.6 can merge, forming a spot much larger than the others and triangular
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  choice C
  • spot No.1 elongated
  • spots No.2&4 and/or No.3&5 are elongated and merge together, forming red bands
  • sometimes a band can be thinner in its middle, forming just a narrow line linking the two spots