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Cinnabar moth caterpillar

Observed: 19th July 2009 By: djm4djm4’s reputation in Invertebratesdjm4’s reputation in Invertebrates
Cinnabar caterpillar
Description:

Cinnabar moth caterpillar

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae) interacts

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Cinnabar moth

The caterpillars absorb alkaloids from the ragwort, giving them a bitter taste to deter predators. The bright warning colours remind them not to try again!

Colin

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Martin Harvey's picture

widespread but declining

Although Cinnabar moths are still widespread and relatively easy to see, Butterfly Conservation found that they have declined greatly in abundance (see The State of Britain's Moths).

As a result, Cinnabar is currently listed as a Priority species for research under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

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