The Moths of Suffolk
2069 Cinnabar, Tyria jacobaeae, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common, particularly in heathland areas

Habitats : Grassland and heathland, gardens and woodland rides

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to July

Larval foodplants : Common Ragwort, other types of ragwort and groundsels

Comments : The yellow and black striped caterpillars are a frequent sight in the Sandlings and Brecks

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk, teste W. C. Hewitson Esq. (Stephens, Illust. ii 1828, p. 90). Always common where ragwort grows on sandy or gravelly soils; invariably in myriads throughout the Breck District, whence some 120,000 pupae were exported to New Zealand in 1929 alone (Trans. i, 73). Quite rare on the damp Boulder-clay throughout High Suffolk: not seen at Monks Soham from 1904 to 1918, when a batch of fifty larvae appeared gregariously; Haughley station 1919; etc. One flirting with P. fuliginosa, Linn. at Fritton Warren on 19 May 1925 (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-23mm, Wingspan 35-45mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Eye (7.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larvae - Lakenheath (23.vi.2003) © A Prichard
Cinnabars in Skinner trap - Lakenheath (24.v.2003) © A Prichard
On sheet light pole - Lakenheath (24.v.2003) © A Prichard
 
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Barnhamcross Common (23.v.2004) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
Moths on trap - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
 
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Stonham Aspal, Suffolk (28.vi.2010) © Brian Buffery
Stonham Aspal, Suffolk (28.vi.2010) © Brian Buffery
Stonham Aspal, Suffolk (28.vi.2010) © Brian Buffery