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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Aug.

Forewing: 17-23mm.

Foodplant: Common Ragwort.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883184619391977
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records309027112491057157
Number of individuals1340159372553955642
Unique positions21610738928239
Unique locations1858437327235
Adult records29652251033755126
Immature records883315822627

For the county, we have a total of 5824 records from 949 sites. First recorded in 1846.


72.031 Cinnabar 09
© Andy Nunn
72.031 Cinnabar 08
© Colin Duke (C) All Rights Reserved 2018
72.031 Cinnabar 07
© Colin Duke (C) All Rights Reserved 2012
72.031 Cinnabar 06
© Colin Duke (C) All Rights Reserved 2012
72.031 Cinnabar 05
© Colin Duke (C) All Rights Reserved 2012
72.031 Cinnabar 04 larva
© Andy Nunn
72.031 Cinnabar 03 larva
© Charles Fletcher, 12 Jul 2012
72.031 Cinnabar 02
© Dave Williamson
72.031 Cinnabar 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Locally common on the coast where the familiar striped larvae may be found in great numbers on ragwort. Inland there are fewer records but it is still found locally in all five vice-counties where ragwort is abundant. In Rotherham larvae have also been reported feeding on coltsfoot (per WAE).

2012 (CHF): Recorded widely across the county as adults and as larvae on ragwort. Larvae are sometimes reported in large numbers especially in 2006 where there were several counts of over 1000.

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