This common moth flies during the day and is easily spotted because of its bright red and black colouration. Its caterpillar is also brightly coloured, with black and gold stripes.
These bold colours and patterns warn birds and other predators that this species is extremely unpleasant to eat.
Cinnabar moths can be found throughout Britain, except northern Scotland, wherever its larval foodplant, ragwort and groundsel, are present.
What they eat:
Adults drink nectar. Caterpillars eat ragwort and groundsel.
- Approx. 45mm across forewings