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Common caterpillars: A simple guide
Yellow and black striped caterpillar with antenna - Anisota senatoria - blogmuz.com
The red and black Cinnabar Moth is a common species in southern and central parts of the British Isles becoming scarcer further north and into Scotland. It inhabits a wide variety of habitats but favours dry, well grazed grasslands where the main larval foodplant, ragwort, is plentiful. The females lay large batches of yellow eggs on the underside of the leaves of the larval foodplant. Other red and black moths often encountered during the day in similar habitat are the Burnett moths. The Ruby Tiger Moth can also seem surprisingly red when in flight if disturbed during the day.
Beginner's Top 20
Have you found an interesting looking moth or caterpillar and don't know where to start? I receive quite a number of emails from people who have, but who find searching through the website rather daunting and difficult. I hope this page will help. Listed below in order of frequency are the most popular ID requests I've had since starting this website.
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 also found in leyland, England to control 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 day-flying insects with distinctive pinkish-red and black wings. There is little variation in patterning, although on rare occasions the red markings may be replaced with yellow, or the forewing is entirely red with a black border, or the wings are completely black.