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Cinnabar moth caterpilar

Tyria jacobaeae


These caterpillars are orange and black stripped with long hairs. They become a beautiful red and black colored moth. They are beneficial because they feed on ragwort. This herb is poisonous for grazing animals (horses, cattle, etc.) because it contains alkaloids: So the moth caterpillars can be used as biocontrol agent to reduce ragwort in grazing fields. Both the caterpillar as the moth become unpalatable by eating this plant.


Grasslands where ragwort is aboundant. In Flanders and Netherland, that means all over the place..

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maplemoth662 3 years ago

A very pretty caterpillar....

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The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks all :-)

Thurd13 9 years ago

Luv the 3rd shot! great series...

HemantKumar 9 years ago

wow this is beautiful :)

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The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks, Alice! :-)

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Wonderful series.

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The MnMs 9 years ago

BTW, I love the moth but have no pictures of it yet. Will you show some, sttweets?

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The MnMs 9 years ago

A good plague because they eat a poisonous plant and by that help a lot to our horses and cows in Belgium and Nederland. The goats are somewhow more resistent to the poisson but still is better to get rid of these yellow flowered plants a bit.

sttweets 9 years ago

I've been outside several times in the last 2 weeks and have seen the Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar a lot (I will upload pictures later, but hey look quite similar). It seems a plague at the moment.

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The MnMs 9 years ago


hookgv 9 years ago

Nice macro!

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Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Jul 7, 2011
Submitted on Jul 7, 2011


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