CINNABAR

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Few moths have more eas­ily recog­nis­able and highly vis­i­ble cater­pil­lars than the Cinnabar. Thickly striped with black and flam­ing yel­low, the ‘cats’ pro­claim their tox­i­c­ity through their garb as they feed boldly in the up­per stems of a Com­mon Rag­wort plant. If only the lar­vae’s warn­ing were in­tel­li­gi­ble to horses, many un­for­tu­nate equine deaths from con­sump­tion might be avoided.

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