First Posted: 6/26/2012 11:46:09 AM | Last Updated: 6/26/2012 11:56:01 AM
Now the sun has reappeared and we are able to get back in the garden, another coloured moth showed itself, The Cinnabar moth, Tyria Jacobaeae. Looking up the RSPB website it appears this moth flies during the day and is easily spotted due its red and black colours.
The bold colours act as a warning to predators that it does not taste very nice and is best left alone. They can be found throughout Britain, except northern Scotland wherever its larval foodplant, ragwort and groundsel, are present.
What does it eat?
Adults drink nectar. Caterpillars eat ragwort and groundsel.
When will I see it?
Adults from May to July. Caterpillars in July and August.
Where will I see it?
Throughout the garden. Also in parks and meadows.