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)

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Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

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