Anyway, we were out in the wild, discovering worms and other assorted beasties, when one little 'un turned up with a small red 'butterfly.' "No, that is in fact a day-flying moth: the cinnabar moth
Llysiau Iago neu creulys Iago (Senecio jacobaea; Common Ragwort) gyda lindys gwyfyn y creulys (cinnabar moth
) yn bwydo arno
There is no threat to "wildlife" since wild mammals that find the plant poisonous avoid eating it and, in fact, many insects and several fungi are dependent on, or at least associated with, ragwort, the most well-known being the cinnabar moth
Perhaps the birds are sub-letting!" THIS picture of a cinnabar moth
was taken by Julie Harris while gardening at her home in Upper Stoke.
Simon Gulliver, the plant collections manager at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, says: "These Cinnabar moth
caterpillars are eye catching.
There will still be plenty left for the cinnabar moth
caterpillar which feeds on the leaves.
The thought of the lovely Cinnabar moth
and their attractive caterpillars losing their food source is so saddening.
Os ewch chi at lysiau'r gingroen yr adeg yma o'r flwyddyn, mae'n bur debyg y gwelwch chi lindys gwyfyn y creulys (Tyria jacobaeae) - y 'cinnabar moth
' yn Saesneg - yn drwch ar y blodau melyn.
However, while we all know what a green plant and the blue ocean look like, the coloration of cinnabar moth
caterpillars and the appearance of stone plants may be less familiar to many readers.
The cinnabar moth
, common blue butterfly and hoverfly have all been seen in the meadow The mix of wild grasses present in the meadow also provides a larval food source for other species of butterfly such as the meadow brown and small heath.