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CINNABAR MOTH
Tyria jacobaeae

 

Wingspan:         35-40mm

Adult:           June -August

Food-plant:          Ragwort

Overview: Resembling no other British species, except perhaps the burnets , this is a fairly common moth in much of Britain.
It is one of the day flying moths, it has a very fluttering flight, flies low just above the grass/plant height. The adults feed on nectar rich flowers. At night, it comes to light.

The distinctive larvae, with their yellow and black hoops, generally feed gregariously on ragwort and other related plants.

Where to See: Can be seen in most of the habitats here at Shielings, but mostly on the grassy areas of the shore.

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