Zygaena viciae   (Dennis & Schiffermüller)


 
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New Forest Burnet
(Zygaena viciae ytenensis (Briggs))

 
syn. Zygaena viciae anglica (Reiss)

 
distribution:

Great Britain: Hampshire / England

 
local name:

New Forest Burnet - Great Britain

 
size: 2,2 - 3,2 cm (wingspan)

extinction date: last seen in 1927

 
The New Forest Burnet was known in Great Britain only from the southernmost part of England, where it lived in what today is known as the New Forest National Park in Hampshire.

The species occured here with an endemic subspecies, which around the 1920s disappeared for obviously unknown reasons.

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Another subspecies was discovered in the year 1963 in Scotland, and scientifically described in 1967 (Zygaena viciae argyllensis (Tremewan)). It is now known in English by the same name as the extinct form - New Forest Burnet.

 
left:

New Forest Burnet (Zygaena viciae ytenensis)


Depiction from: 'The moths of the British Isles, by Richard South. London, F. Warne & Co., 1907-09.'

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
 
left:

New Forest Burnet (Zygaena viciae ytenensis)


Depiction from: 'The moths of the British Isles, by Richard South. London, F. Warne & Co., 1907-09.'

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org

 
References:

- Mark R. Young; David A. Barbour: Conserving the New Forest burnet moth (Zygaena viciae ([Denis and Schiffermueller])) in Scotland; responses to grazing reduction and consequent vegetation changes. Journal of Insect Conservation 8: 137-148, 2004