Cinnabar - Tyria jacobaeae

Description

Wingspan 32-42 mm. Resembling no other British species, except perhaps the Burnets (Zygaenidae)

Habitat

Wherever Ragwort grows. Usually in long grassy places.

When to see it

The flight period is May through July. It is generally nocturnal but is quite often disturbed during the day from long grass, low herbage etc. At night, it comes to light.

Life History

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

UK Status

This is a fairly common moth in much of Britain.  In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

Reference
72.031 BF2069

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map