Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Caterpillar of Cinnabar Moth

Tyria jacobaeae Linnaeus

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Arctiidae

Size range

  • 20–25 mm


  • From Europe, more common in lower North Island and upper South Island

Life History

  • Larvae feed on leaves and flowers of ragwort
  • Caterpillar and moth poisonous to birds
  • Introduced as a biological control for ragwort
  • Day–flying moth

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