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Cinnabar Moth Catapillar


Cinnabar Moth Catapillar

They feed on the Senecio family of plants, but especially ragwort. Because they have such a voracious appetite, consuming the entire host plant often, they can become cannibalistic. Numbers of the moth are in decline due to the eradication of ragwort.



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A favourite snack of the Cuckoo! :-)

16 Jul, 2012

 

Is it? Thanks for that Muddy.

16 Jul, 2012

 

Brilliant shot!

16 Jul, 2012

 

There's loads of Ragwort around here but no catapillars on them these days.

16 Jul, 2012

 

oomg EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! good pic but..

16 Jul, 2012

 

I haven't heard of this before Pimms..about them eating the ragwort...but at least the horses won't eat it.so they will be safe...lots of it up here,so it should keep them going for a while ..nice looking creature though :o)

16 Jul, 2012

 

Actually very pretty as caterpillars go!

16 Jul, 2012

 

Excellent Pimms :-)

17 Jul, 2012

 

great shot but creepy lol

17 Jul, 2012

 

Haven't heard a cuckoo for years around here! Always used to hear the first one, on or around my birthday in April.
Mind you - I expect they don't know when Spring is now, with our weather!!!

17 Jul, 2012

amy
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Oh My , that makes me shudder EEEEEEEk .........

17 Jul, 2012

 

Yes, plenty of Ragwort up here in these parts Pimps. Speaking of eating the whole plant....my Rhodanthemums have been consumed. Probably earwigs.

20 Jul, 2012

 

Good photo but also gives me the creeps...

20 Jul, 2012

 

They're brilliant at getting rid of vast amounts of groundsel, so I love 'em! Not much ragworth round here. I didn't know about the cannabalistic bit.

23 Jul, 2012

 

Maybe ill see some of these as there were so many moths in my garden pimp, ill have to check what ragwort is and see if i have any nearby. :-)

30 Jul, 2012



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