Friday, 26 June 2009

Cinnabar Moth

There are far fewer than a few years ago. Perhaps as parasites catch up with them. I watched (a few years back) a couple of Ichneumons hovering near a colony of cinnabar caterpillars in my garden. They responded by flailing their rear ends around but the parasites just kept hanging in the air waiting their chance.

However, one adult cinnabar on Weds 24th June in a field behind the Griffin Inn, Barkisland.

4 comments:

AndyC said...

Nice to here from you Steve,I seem to see a lot of Cat's on ragwort, but very few adults in the last couple of years,

charlie streets said...

They used to be a regular sight on the allotment but I saw none last year and none so far this year.In fact it's a couple of years since I've seen one anywhere!

brian leecy said...

never saw a single larva or adult last year,and very few year before,maybe the spring weather the last couple of years had a bearing as well,2006 seemed a good year.

brian leecy said...

never saw a single larva or adult last year,and very few year before,maybe the spring weather the last couple of years had a bearing as well,2006 seemed a good year.