Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaea) Catterpillar - Stock Image

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Description
The cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae) is a brightly coloured arctiid moth, found in Europe and western and central Asia.. It has been introduced into New Zealand, Australia and North America to control poisonous ragwort, on which its larvae feed. The moth is named after the red mineral cinnabar because of the red patches on its predominantly black wings. Cinnabar moths are about 20mm long and have a wingspan of 32–42 mm.
The Flying Season is from April till the beginning of August.
Cinnabar moths are day-flying insects. Like many other brightly coloured moths, it is unpalatable (warning colors for its predators, it has a bitter taste); the larvae use members of the genus Senecio as food plants (source Wikipedia).
This Picture is made in the Sand Dunes of the Netherlands, where the Food plant Senecio jacobaea is abundant.
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