The six-spot burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) is a day-flying moth. The fore wings are dark metallic green with six vivid red spots – but sometimes the spots are merged causing possible confusion with the five-spot burnet. Occasionally, the spots are yellow or even black. It is an aposematic moth because it is distinguished by its colours as toxic to predators like birds and lizards. If attacked it emits a liquid containing cyanide.