Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Cinnabar Moth
Tyria jacobaeae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Arctiinae
Wing Span:
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: Senecio jacobaea (Tansy Ragwort)
Adult Food:
Range: Europe. Introduced to North America.
Management Needs:
Comments: While this species was introduced as a biocontrol agent on tansy ragwort, it has become firmly established in most areas where it can be found. (Dana Ross)
Tyria jacobaeae (Cinnabar Moth) was introduced from Europe as a control for the introduced plant Senecio jacobaea (Tansy Ragwort), the host plant for its caterpillars, which is toxic to livestock. (Bob Martin)