Thursday, 16 August 2007

Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae)

Adult Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae) at Geddington, Northants - July 2014

Length: ?
Wingspan: 32-42mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

The Cinnabar Moth is a fairly common but distinctive species found throughout much of UK - wherever ragwort is found.  Care should be taken to differentiate it from the similarly coloured but more abundant Six-Spot Burnet, which for a long time when I was younger was told was this species.  To differentiate, compare the patterns on the black fore-wings of the two species - the burnet has 6 spots on each, while this has two spots and a long red bar.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Tyria
SUBSPECIES: None - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and several other sites

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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