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Can anyone identify this little butterfly we saw in the garden. It was about half the size of a typical butterfly and vivid red. Had to take the picture quickly as it would not sit still!

Butterfly (19/06/2012)

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  • Posted: Tue. 19th June 2012 19:10

Re: Butterfly

Reply from Jan Jones

It's actually a moth, the Cinnabar moth - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnabar_moth

Their caterpillars are bright yellow and black striped, and foul-tasting to predators, because of the poisonous substances they ingest from their main foodplant, ragwort. The colouring means that when they curl themselves up into a spiral, they are brilliantly camouflaged, looking just like a half-opened ragwort flower bud. As a horse-owner, I'm very fond of their caterpillars as they can completely destroy the ragwort plants, which are very poisonous if eaten by horses, causing a slow painful death from liver failure.

  • Posted: Tue. 19th June 2012 19:28

Re: Butterfly

Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

interesting to see the same problems that we have in the States. The difference between a moth and butterfly is that when they sit the butterfly looks like a sail boat, whereas a moth sits with its wing tips down, mostly moths are seen at dusk or night.

  • Posted: Tue. 19th June 2012 21:31

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Reply from david l

http://www.ragwort.jakobskruiskruid.com/home/jakobcom/public_html/ragwort/%20http://www.ragwort.org.uk

http://www.ragwort.jakobskruiskruid.com/home/jakobcom/public_html/ragwort/%20http://www.ragwort.org.uk

Try these links for good info.

  • Posted: Mon. 25th March 2013 16:54