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Cinnabar
Tyria jacobaeae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2069 / 72.031
Photo © Graham Moates,  Wood Norton 17/07/2019

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: 17-23mm.
Flight: One generation May-Aug.
Foodplant:   Common Ragwort.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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This species is commonly found wherever Common Ragwort grows on heaths, downs, roadsides, railway embankments etc throughout England.
Easily disturbed by day and flies in warm sunshine, but also comes to light at night.

The moth produces one generation of very distinctive yellow/black hooped caterpillars which are easily found in July and August.

Cinnabar has a very long emergence period so fully grown adults may be seen alongside fully grown larvae!

A rare form, f. flavescens is found occasionally, with the red markings replaced by yellow. The first known Norfolk sighting of this “Golden Cinnabar” form was seen at East Wretham Heath in May 2017.

Recorded in 68 (92%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
10/07/2024227TG42Eccles
10/07/2024+27TG42Hickling NNR / Potter Heigham
09/07/2024127TG42Eccles
09/07/2024127TG32Neatishead / Barton Broad
09/07/2024128TL99Rockland St Peter
09/07/2024128TF62Dersingham Bog
08/07/2024127TM18New Buckenham
08/07/2024428TL99Rockland All Saints
07/07/2024127TG32Neatishead / Barton Broad
07/07/2024127TG30Blofield / Lingwood
Further info: Tyria jacobaeae
 
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