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While walking my dog I came across many of these gorgeous flying insects. They were all occupying areas with the same plant life and copious in numbers, but I haven't ever seen anything like them.
Their body resembles that of a wasp, but jet black. The wings are also jet black but spotted with crimson/violet details.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
(the third picture below gives the most detail)
They are Burnet Moths. (Zygaene filipendulae)
These are Burnet Moths. There are five-spotted ones and six-spotted ones, depending on how many red spots there are on each wing. The ones on your first two photos seem to have 5 spots.
Many thanks to both of you - they are a beautiful creature.