Cinnabar Moth

The elegant Cinnabar is a colourful member of the Tiger moth family. The colouration warns predators that it’s one of the UK’s most poisonous moths. The unpleasant taste starts when the Cinnabar caterpillars consume ragwort and groundsel, which is poisonous but doesn’t affect them. It can be seen flying in day or night.

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  1. it’s a shame moths do not get the same attention as butterflies as there are some really pretty ones. Last year we had an infestation of box tree moths which are a new pest. They completely devastated all the box shrubs in the garden. I wonder if they have a foul taste as the birds don’t seem interested.

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