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Can anyone identify this?

pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,058
edited May 2018 in Wildlife gardening
I’ve taken this photo on my way back from work. Can anyone tell me what type of butterfly/moth it is?
Thank you.


  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 24,076
    Burnet if it has spots.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,139
    Cinnebar moth I’d say, particularly if that’s ragwort it’s on 
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,512
    Cinnabar moth as Jellyfire has already identified.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • ShepsSheps West YorkshirePosts: 1,315
    Spot on Jellyfire...probably laying eggs, as Ragwort is the food plant of its caterpillars.
  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,058
    Thank you. They are beautiful.
  • JellyfireJellyfire SuffolkPosts: 1,139
    The caterpillars are pretty impressive too. That ragwort will be smothered in stripy black and yellow ones before long 
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