This six-spot burnet moth was photographed whilst we were out walking near our house in La Corrèze on Saturday.
The moth is unmistakable, black with a bluish sheen and has 6 bright red spots on each wing. Although they look exotic they are very common throughout Europe, and like flowery meadows and other grasslands upto about 2000m.
The six-spot burnet moth is a daytime moth that is attracted to a range of flowers including thistles, scabious and knapweeds (as seen here!)
They fly in early summer and are wonderfully coloured, so keep your eyes open for them now.