Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Arctiidae (ark-TYE-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Tyria
Species: jacobaeae

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Blodgett, Oregon
Gaston, Oregon
North Bend, Oregon
Kalama, Washington
Langley, Washington
Olympia, Washington
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Positive

On Jun 12, 2011, sue_p from Woodinville, WA wrote:

Found several cinnabar moths in my backyard pasture in south Snohomish county - very pretty! A seemingly good transplant to help reduce tansy ragwort :)

Positive

On Aug 1, 2006, causmik from Olympia, WA wrote:

This cool looking "bug" was brought into the Olympia WA area to do just that...eat the Ragwort. For a number of years you could find hundreds of them on one plant, doing their job.

I still find the moths but seldom see the caterpillars.

Positive

On Jul 31, 2006, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

The Cinnabar Moth caterpillars in the black and yellow striped pyjamas are useful as they feed communally on Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) which is quite a problem weed in many places. The Ragwort is here in Australia, but no Cinnabar Moths to keep it under control.