Cinnabar moth caterpillar
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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!
"Wildlife is for Everyone"
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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Lat/Lng: 52.2470029278, 1.6191487312972
OS grid ref: TM471671