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Cinnabar
Tyria jacobaeae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2069 / 72.031
Photo © Lynnette Nicholson,  28/05/2019 - Paston

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 17-23mm.
Season: One generation May-Aug.
Foodplant:   Common Ragwort.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
This species is commonly found on heaths, downs and railway embankments throughout England.
Easily disturbed by day and flies in warm sunshine. Comes to light at night.

The moth produces one generation of very distinctive caterpillars which are easily found in July and August.

Cinnabar has a very long emergence period so fully grown adults may be seen alongside fully grown larvae!

A rare form, f. flavescens is found occasionally, with the red markings replaced by yellow. The first known Norfolk sighting of this “Golden Cinnabar” form was seen at East Wretham Heath in May 2017.

Recorded in 68 (99%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/08/2019227TG22 - Buxton
03/08/2019+28TL78 - Hockwold/Weeting
29/07/2019327TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
28/07/20192027TG21 - N.Norwich/Spixworth
24/07/2019+28TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
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