Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cinnabar Moth (NOT a Butterfly)

Thanks to my friend Glenn Grace I have learned that this is a moth, not a butterfly. I couldn't find it's identification because I was looking for native butterflies or moths, and this one is from France. It was imported to help control tansy ragwort (also imported from Europe). I have seen the caterpillars on tansy plants, but this was my first sighting of a moth.

This year I have seen more butterflies than I have for years. This unusual one posed nicely for pictures, then flew towards me and landed briefly on my nose.

Here are a couple pictures I found online of the caterpillar and a moth with the lower wings displayed.

1 comment:

Rosemary Crawford said...

That is a spectacular butterfly! I have never seen anything like it at the butterfly gardens. Great picture!