Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Cinnabar Moth

Tyria jacobaeae Linnaeus

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Arctiidae

Size range

  • Wingspan up to 40 mm


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

Life History

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

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