Emilie Richard

Caterpillar of the Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae). As you can see the caterpillar has a bright orange/yellow body and black transverse bands. The head is shiny and black, and the body is covered with short hairs. Interesting fact about cinnabar caterpillars is that they can turn cannibalistic. Females lay up to 300 eggs, usually in clusters of 30 to 60. Initially, the larvae are pale yellow, but later larval stages develop the jet black and orange/yellow striped colouring. They can grow up to 30mm, and are voracious eaters of ragwort.
tyriae jacobae

Leave a Reply