Glasgow & SW Scotland Butterflies

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April 17, 2010

Scottish Cinnabar Moth Survey

Filed under: Conservation and Habitat Management, Moths — Tags: , , , , — Scott Shanks @ 5:29 pm

This survey, which began last year, is continuing through 2010.

Cinnabar moth

Cinnabar moth

Like many of the commoner moths, the Cinnabar has undergone a long-term decline in recent decades (83% over 35 years, based on Rothamsted trap data) and at the UK level is now regarded as a vulnerable species (see ‘The State of Britain’s Larger Moths’ report). It remains widespread across England & Wales, but is much scarcer in Scotland, where it is most often seen in coastal areas. Butterfly Conservation, with support from the Moths Count team, wants to learn more about where it occurs and this is most easily done by spotting the colourful orange and black caterpillars which feed on ragwort leaves, often in such large numbers that they strip the plants completely.

Cinnabar caterpillars feeding on Ragwort

Cinnabar caterpillars feeding on Ragwort

The caterpillars can be seen in July and August; the equally striking adult moth has a long flight season, starting in late May and, because it is easily disturbed during the day and will fly when it’s sunny, may also be recorded during the same period.
Postcards showing both the larva and adult were widely distributed in 2009 and further publicity is planned for this year. People are being asked to send in any sightings using either the postcards or directly by e-mail to Barry Prater , the Moth Recorder for Berwickshire.

There was a pleasing response from BC members and others and the map shows all the 2009 records received; if you know of more from last year do please send them in.

Cinnabar moth distribution map
Cinnabar moth distribution map

One of the objectives of the survey is to highlight the issue of moth conservation in the context of the overall pressure on biodiversity. The reliance of Cinnabar larvae on the widespread but controversial plant ragwort, known to be toxic to horses, may raise conflicts of interest, but a very helpful leaflet ‘Ragwort Friend or Foe’, prepared jointly by Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife and the British Horse Society is available from the BC Scotland page of the main BC website. The leaflet outlines the benefits and problems of ragwort and gives advice on its management.
Anyone who lives here or others who visit the area during the summer can help by taking part in the survey.

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  1. hi there
    not sure if you still want information or not but my daughter found a cinnabar moth in glasserton which is in sw scotland…we actually managed to get a couple of pics too, one whilst she was holding it.

    Comment by rebecca reed — June 29, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

  2. Thanks Becky,
    Yes we are still collecting data on Cinnbar moth distribution and your record may be a previously unknown site for the species. Could you give us a date for when it was seen at Glasserton? I’ll pass your record onto your local moth recorder too.
    Thanks again and Best wishes
    Scott Shanks
    Butterfly Recorder for SW Scotland branch of Butterfly Conservation

    Comment by Scott Shanks — June 29, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

  3. Hi Scott
    It was the 10th of June 2010.

    Comment by rebecca reed — July 1, 2010 @ 9:12 am

  4. hi there,

    have just been for a walk along sandhead beach in dumfries and galloway the ragwort is coverred in cinnabar caterpillars, hope this is of some help,


    Comment by catriona muir — July 12, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

  5. Thanks Catriona. I’ll pass that on to the county moth recorder.
    Best wishes

    Comment by Scott Shanks — July 12, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

  6. large number of cinnabar moth caterpillars seen today(sat 17th july) at irvine beach park, ayrshire

    Comment by jim bruce — July 17, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

  7. I have just photographed what I think is a cinnibar moth in my back garden in Plymouth Devon. Can send on picture if required.
    Anthea 19-7-2010

    Comment by Anthea Swann — July 19, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

  8. Thanks Jim I’ll pass your sightings onto Neil Gregory the County Moth recorder for Ayrshire.

    Anthea I think the county moth recorder for Devon is: Roy McCormick, 36 Paradise Road, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 8NR. e-mail : I’m sure he would be pleased to get detais of any of your cinnibar moth records (or other moth species)and photographs.
    Best wishes

    Comment by Scott Shanks — July 19, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

  9. 2 x cinnabar moth caterpillars on groundsel - edge of forest track. 8th August 2010 at Gatehouse Hill Wood (nr Gatehouse of Fleet,
    Dumfries and Galloway) - NX 608 567



    Comment by Stuart Priestley — August 9, 2010 @ 10:09 am

  10. i have one in my house and cant get it out as dont want to hurt it i live in aughton nr ormskirk lancashire

    Comment by lindsay — April 25, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

  11. Hi Lindsay, It’s quite early i nthe year for cinnabars to be out, but it should be fine if you can catch it and pop it out near some rough ground or grassy area. If you can get a photo it would be great if you could send it to Barry Prater, who is collecting all the information on cinnabars in SCotland. His e-mail address is:

    Best wishes
    Butterfly Recorder for South west Scotland branch of Butterfly Conservation

    Comment by Scott Shanks — April 25, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

  12. i know the survey is probably over but my daughter just found a cinnabar moth on our way home from school. we live just outside london. i can send a picture if need be.

    Comment by kelly musk — April 28, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  13. hello im from mansfield in nottinghamshire. and have just gone out on my garden and found this moth, I have looked it up and found that they are mostly up scotland way!! so have probly found a rarity this far.

    Comment by wendy cook — May 5, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  14. Hi all…just to let you know, I am situated in Derby working from an ofice near the football ground.

    We have just seen one of these wee beasties on the inside window of our office.

    definately the moth featured in the picture…colour, paternisation, the lot match what we saw.

    Is there any statistics being collected for England?

    Hope this is useful to you.

    Comment by Weedfreer — May 12, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  15. hi ive just saved a cinnabar moth from being trapped in my bathroom! i live in bridgwater, somerset. the only reason i looked it up, is coz its so pretty, but i came across ur page n thought id better let u know as i noticed it is a vulnerable species. i hope this helps!

    Comment by carol meadows — May 13, 2011 @ 1:03 am

  16. Today, for the first time in 60+ years, I saw my first ever cinnabar moth on a car park in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Unfortunately it was dead. Whilst it had some damage, it still looked beautiful with its bright red and black appearance. I don’t know if you want information outside of Scotland but it added something to my day.

    Comment by V Clarke — May 18, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  17. Thanks to all those who have posted their recent cinnabar sightings. Although the survey is focused on Scotland, we’ll try to make sure your records get passed to your local moth record coordinators in England too. All sightings of moths and butterflies will be gratefully received by your local branch of Butterfly Conservation. See for details of your local branch.
    Butterfly Recorder for the Glasgow & SW Scotland branch of Butterfly Conservation

    Comment by Scott Shanks — May 18, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

  18. Hi, just found a cinnabar moth on a car park in Hixon Staffordshire.
    Hope this is helpful to you

    Comment by shaun — May 26, 2011 @ 9:37 am

  19. Cinnabar moth in the garden, March, Cambs, East Anglia

    Comment by Steve Drake — May 29, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  20. I found a Cinnabar moth in my back garden in Hilton near Derby on 25 May 2011. It stayed on the lawn for several hours before disappearing in the early evening.

    Comment by Roger Gough — May 29, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

  21. I found a cinnabar moth this morning in my back garden, it was quite happy to sit on my hand. Beautiful and perfect, the first one I have ever seen. Still around this afternoon.
    I live in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. I have several photographs.

    Comment by Dave Staines — May 27, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

  22. hi found 0ne in bedfordshire dunstable in my garden

    Comment by graham — June 3, 2012 @ 11:19 am

  23. one of these moths flew into my car today 16th June 2012. We were in Kinver in Staffordshire. It was very beautiful and sat on the windscreen until i could coax it out of the window.

    Comment by Lisa Price — June 16, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  24. saw one of these in my garden 2 weeks ago,very beautiful,never seen one before. i live in leicester

    Comment by karen — June 17, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

  25. hi, my husband found one in a puddle in Montrose and saved it.

    Comment by sheila — June 18, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  26. l live in Bagworth l have seen 3 in my garden about 2 weeks ago

    Comment by sandy — June 23, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  27. Hi found one of these in Pembrokeshire South Wales this morning.Got some lovely photos.

    Comment by Cynthia — June 25, 2012 @ 8:56 am

  28. I dont know if this is relevent to your survey as I live in Northumberland, I found one in my shed today and its the first time I have seen one in 45 years in this area

    Comment by Richard Pearson — July 21, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

  29. I have spotted loads of the catterpilars (50+) in the yard where i work devouring ragwort. The location is Leek in staffordshire. There could be more as the ragwort is pretty spread out over the site.

    Comment by Adrian Mahoney — August 17, 2012 @ 10:59 am

  30. I’m not sure if you’re interested but I found three caterpillars of different sizes (stages) of development. I live in NSW Australia.

    Comment by Lee-Ann B — April 14, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

  31. I have just found one of these stunning moths in my kitchen. I live in Rotherham south yorkshire

    Comment by sami — May 27, 2013 @ 7:29 am

  32. Saw one of these stunning moths today at University of Southampton. Never seen one before.

    Comment by Rob — May 29, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

  33. Seen today in my back garden, not seen one before which is why I looked it up, I’m in West Yorkshire.

    Comment by Julie dyson — June 4, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

  34. we have just seen one of these cinnebar moths in our living room, with the weather we have had the doors open, it was truly beautiful. we live in bolton quiet near the town centre so we are not rural. we just looked a picture of it up to see what it was.

    Comment by thomas — June 7, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

  35. I have just seen and photographed a cinnabar moth in my garden near Rochdale in East Lancashire.

    Comment by Robert France — June 9, 2013 @ 8:32 am

  36. I saw a Cinnabar moth at Cissbury Ring in Sussex yesterday.
    It was gorgeous!

    Comment by Clair — June 9, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

  37. I first saw this brightly coloured moth back in about 2009 but not close enough to identify. Last year I had several sightings around the garden outside my flat but still did not know what it was. This year I looked out for it again and saw it a couple of weeks ago - flying. This evening I came home and spotted a dead moth on my footpath. I wondered if it had been caught in the heavy hailstorm we had yesterday. Having at last a close look at it I have been able to identify it as a Cinnabar. I live in Bradford, West Yorkshire. This area is quite high up heading towards the Pennines

    Comment by Christine Northrop — June 16, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

  38. I have seen loads of these moths in a field near me where i walk my dog, along the Kennet and Avon canal in TROWBRIDGE,WILTSHIRE…didnt know what they were so i asked on facebook, some one told me so i googled it and came to this page. Nice to know what they are.

    Comment by david — June 28, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

  39. I was in my garden today 4 July 2013 I saw the Scottish Cinnabar the first I have ever seen….I live in Surrey.

    Comment by maureen burge — July 4, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

  40. Cinnabar moth in my garden today first I’ve seen Aberdeen Scotland

    Comment by Bob Mathieson — July 4, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

  41. saw this Cinnabar moth 13th july about 8 am while walking my dog on the old company fields berry edge road consett county durham, have seen on a number of occasions same plae hope this help

    Comment by alice young — July 15, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

  42. I had a Cinnabar moth in my garden yesterday, beautiful, I’ve never seen one before. I live in Henfield in West Sussex

    Comment by Lesley Ainslie — July 18, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

  43. I had one in my garden on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent two weeks ago. Took a photo as I’d never seen one before x

    Comment by Claire — July 22, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

  44. Seen a host of around 20 Cinnabar moth catterpillars in the park by the boating pond in Moffat, Scotland as they stripped the plant they were feeding on bare!

    Comment by Douglas Hare — July 27, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

  45. I have cinnabar caterpillars in my garden in Bournemouth dorset 29/7/13

    Comment by liz Watson — July 29, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

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    Comment by alertid — August 6, 2013 @ 5:54 am

  47. I have pictures of Cinnabar moths taken at Magilligan Point at the entrance to Lough Foyle in Northern Ireland. One is resting on my fingertips. The area has a proliferation of Ragwort.

    Comment by James — September 1, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

  48. Just like to record siting of Cinnabar moth in Armagh, Northern Ireland today 16 may 2014

    Comment by Des — May 16, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

  49. Hello last night I had a cinnabar moth in my bedroom I live in Lincolnshire

    Comment by Julie appleyard — May 19, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

  50. Hi,
    I found a Scottish Cinnabar Moth today May 26th 2014 in Strand Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1, in between Carlisle College and Trinity School. There is an area of waste ground south of the school, where ragwort thrives. We removed it to a bush so that it didn’t get run over. I hope the enclosed photo comes out OK.
    Best wishes,
    H Meltoft

    Comment by Mrs H Meltoft — May 26, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

  51. Hello, we live in a rural Steading in East Lothian, about a mile from Tyninghame beach and have recently seen a cinnabar moth in our garden (21st May)
    At first sight it looked more pink and black rather than red, is this the same moth? I will try to photograph it this week if we see it again.
    Best Regards
    Anne Reid

    Comment by Anne Reid — May 26, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

  52. Hi i have spotted a cinnabar moth in Grimsby, N E Lincolnshire on 30.05.2014 @ 2.30pm

    Comment by Graham — May 31, 2014 @ 9:20 am

  53. Saw two of these cinnabar moths on a walk 31 May 2014 about 1pm on the Fife coastal path between Wormit and Newburgh

    Comment by Joan Cunningham — June 1, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

  54. 01.06.14 Two Cinnabas resting in the garden, bright sunlight, Nr Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Must admit I can’t remember ever having seen one before.
    Do you think they are immigrating south prior to the independence vote?
    They know which side of their ragwort is buttered!

    Comment by Jens Martin — June 1, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

  55. We saw & photographed a Cinnabar moth in Helix Park, Falkirk, today. First we’d ever seen.

    Comment by Jean Knox — June 1, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

  56. Just seen 1 in my garden gainsborough lincolnshire

    Comment by Steve and Freya alcock — June 1, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

  57. Took photos of one in my garden today 2-6-2014 Bury, Manchester.

    Comment by Joan Scull — June 2, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

  58. Took photo`s of one today in my garden, 2nd June 2014, Bury, Manchester.

    Comment by Joan Scull — June 2, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

  59. I came across & photographed a Cinnabar Moth this morning ( 02/06/2014 ) while walking my dog in Mossblown , South Ayrshire .
    First I have ever seen .

    Comment by Janet — June 2, 2014 @ 10:37 pm

  60. I have just taken a picture of the cinnabar moth in my garden in Saunton Devon

    Comment by Mo — June 3, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

  61. Photographed and watched a Cinnabar moth this morning 03/06/2014 near Faversham, Kent. First one I’ve seen before around Kent.

    Comment by Ed — June 3, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

  62. I had a Cinnabar moth in my kitchen for 10 hours today. Didn’t know what it was until I looked it up. I live in Co.Antrim N.Ireland

    Comment by Finbarr — June 3, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

  63. I had a cinnabar moth in my garden on the grass I live in Rainham Essex ( 1-6-14 )

    Comment by Dick barrett — June 4, 2014 @ 9:58 am

  64. I had a cinnabar moth in my garden 5/6/14, I live in Astley, Manchester

    Comment by H Ahmed — June 5, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

  65. Hi just had a cinnabar moth in our garden, wonderful black and red, hope this helps, regards terry, we live in Buckden a small village 25 miles south of Peterborough, and 75 miles north of London.

    Comment by terrance padgett — June 6, 2014 @ 11:37 am

  66. We found a cinnabar moth on the airfield near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. Beautiful deep red colour and wings in lovely condition as if newly hatched.

    Comment by Liz Taylor — June 8, 2014 @ 11:27 am

  67. Found one of these moths today on my dads wall in birmingham got a good pic but nowhere to add it here

    Comment by Garry — June 8, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

  68. Just seen a cinnabar at work in carlisle,wondered what it was and found this website so thought i would let you know about it.About 25mm long so think its probably an adult?

    Comment by garry brydson — June 9, 2014 @ 1:16 am

  69. Had a cinnabar moth in garden in Rosewell on Sunday 8th June at noon

    Comment by Y McGurk — June 9, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

  70. seen wembley HA90LH 11.06.14

    Comment by steve lomas — June 12, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

  71. hi,
    i’ve just been tending the garden in sunny South Devon and saw what i thought was a butterfly. haven’t ever seen a cinnabar moth before. It’s absolutely stunning.

    Comment by Pauline Regan — June 12, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

  72. Seen near Lockerbie ,a cinnabar moth which was in my garden this morning was able to get some pics.

    Comment by R Nicolson — June 12, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

  73. Was in my garden in Gainsborough, Linc’s, and saw what I now know to be a cinnabar, I took quite a few photo’s because I had never seen one before and it was so pretty!.

    Comment by Linda Ewins — June 12, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

  74. Just seen one of these moths in a car park close to where I live in South Wales. It is very beautiful and I had never seen one before which is why I looked it up on the web.

    Comment by Marilyn Baillon — June 13, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

  75. Photographed one of these beautiful moths on the Solway Firth near Allonby Cumbria. at 7-15PM today 13-6-2014

    Comment by Margaret Young — June 13, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

  76. Hi

    Just found a cinnabar moth in my garden. 9am 14/06/2014 I live in Bothwell, just outside Glasgow.
    Never seen one before. Gorgeous colours. Looked as if ants were trying to attack it so I moved the wee guy. Will keep an eye out for more.

    Comment by Sara Wilson — June 14, 2014 @ 8:06 am

  77. Hi I’ve just seen a cinnabar month in my back garden in Aintree Liverpool

    Comment by Ann naylor — June 17, 2014 @ 7:20 am

  78. On the 12th & 13th June we saw a cinnabar moth on Shiskine golf course,Isle of Arran

    Comment by Jessie Young — June 17, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

  79. I have just seen a Cinnabar in letchworth Hertfordshire. Beautiful!

    Comment by Karen taft — June 18, 2014 @ 8:14 am

  80. Spotted in cullompton devon
    15th June
    Very striking

    Comment by Chris c — June 18, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

  81. Cinnibar moth in our garden 19th and 20th June 2014 whitecross near linlithgow. Never saw one before

    Comment by ben brown — June 20, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

  82. Just seen a cinnibar moth in our garden Sat 21st June 2014 we live in wetherby west Yorkshire it’s our first sighting lovely looking moth.

    Comment by kieran allan — June 21, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

  83. My daughter found a cinnibar moth in her kitchen last night,Friday 20th June 2014, she lives in Ramsgate Kent.

    Comment by Linda Ingram — June 22, 2014 @ 12:35 am

  84. Have just seen and photographed Cinnabar moth at Inverlussa Mull. Looked in good condition.

    Comment by Rosemary Nicholls — June 22, 2014 @ 10:51 am

  85. Hi Barry,
    i was trying to identify a moth i saw and came accross this website

    so i thought i would let you know where i saw the moth.

    Cinnabar moth sighting in Partington, Manchester.

    Comment by Davezj — June 25, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

  86. Saw one in my garden today fluttering about in the sunshine… absolutely stunning and I had to find out was it was as I’ve never seen one before. Chesham, Bucks HP5

    Comment by Sarah Webb — June 25, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

  87. Just seen a beautiful cinnabar moth in my garden today in Gerrards Cross, Bucks,SL9 Never seen one before but this fella has been here for a couple of hours now. Very distinctive red and black markings so decided to look it up and found your page.

    Comment by Ann Maree Campbell — July 1, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

  88. We found a cinnabar moth on Embo beach on Tuesday 1st July, Embo is near Dorrnoch up the east coast of Scotland, it did look like it was struggling to get off the ground but was still alive… It was a pretty wee moth :)

    Comment by Eileen crown — July 5, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

  89. I live in Frodsham, in Cheshire, it’s about half way between Liverpool and Manchester, on the River Mersey. I was amazed at the huge number of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars I had in my small garden up until a few days ago, feasting on ragwort that had lodged itself in my garden quite unexpectedly. A fascinating, beautiful surprise!!

    Comment by sheila davies — July 18, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

  90. I saw a cinnabar just outside bishop auckland in an area called brussleton county durham. I was out walking and took a picture on my phone

    Comment by Christine Kipling — July 24, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

  91. Found a dead cinnabar moth in my garden,Hampshire 24th May 2015. Never seen one before. So please to be able to identify it. Thanks to this site.

    Comment by V Mosley — May 24, 2015 @ 6:39 pm

  92. Hi an amazing moth, first time I’ve seen one today Tuesday 26 may 2015 , also took pics and that lead me to this site, regards Darren cooper slough berkshire.

    Comment by darren — May 26, 2015 @ 12:13 am

  93. Hi , I saw this moth in my garden this morning, I live in Shildon in County Durham.

    Comment by Dave Anderson — May 26, 2015 @ 7:43 am

  94. Hi - never seen one before, but spotted one earlier today in Diss, Norfolk.

    Comment by Maggie Tuck — May 26, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

  95. This is the first time I have seen one in my garden I live in Chelmsford essex

    Comment by A walker — May 28, 2015 @ 12:14 pm

  96. Photographed one 8th June on the Marine Drive, Douglas, Isle of Man. So unusual, not seen one before, did not fly away from where we were so were able to photograph and identify it.

    Comment by Lynda McNicholl — June 9, 2015 @ 10:25 am

  97. Just saw a cinnabar moth on the A701 in Dumfries. Was fluttering around near the Esso garage at Heathhall.

    Comment by R. Uphill — June 9, 2015 @ 3:12 pm

  98. Hi, while I was out walking the dog in Troon Ayrshire, we came accross one of these Moths, I have never seen one before.

    Comment by Isobel Stirling — June 10, 2015 @ 8:52 am

  99. one was in my office yesterday, Nazeing Essex.

    Comment by Mandy Bass — June 12, 2015 @ 2:45 pm

  100. Came across one while walking the dog in North Dorset. Managed to take a photo on my mobile so was able to identify it on here.

    Comment by Rachel Carrick — June 16, 2015 @ 5:49 pm

  101. I have found a dead one of these in sothampton Hampshire. It looks really pretty, I have never seen a moth like this before.

    Comment by carol fulford — June 17, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

  102. photographed a cinnebar moth today 21st June 2015 at our allotment in North Essex (Waltham Abbey). Really beautiful colours, really striking on our brassicas. Hope it won’t have laid eggs to gobble them up! Will they eat the cabbage family, should we spray?

    Comment by Bernie Leverett — June 21, 2015 @ 7:18 pm

  103. Have seen Cinnabar moth today in Newton Aycliffe. Tuesday 24th July about mid day and sunny. have picture if required

    Comment by peter fox — June 24, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

  104. I saw a cinnabar moth in our garden today on the 24th June 2015 in Longfield, Kent.

    Comment by Richard Allen — June 24, 2015 @ 7:34 pm

  105. Hi, I was just walking along our garden path in Littleport, Cambridgeshire when a Cinnabar moth suddenly flew past me. I don’t recall having seen one before.

    Comment by Marilyn Kelley — June 25, 2015 @ 4:32 pm

  106. just had on in my cabin black and crimson red flash on thus wings flittering about round the light and then away again lovely

    area Glensanda Super Quarry Oban Scotland


    Comment by andy Marshall — June 29, 2015 @ 9:13 pm

  107. Hi, just spotted a Cinnabar moth on our drive way in Star, Fife today, tried to get a photo but it flew off every time I got near, beautiful it was.

    Comment by Lorraine Fleming — June 29, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

  108. Hi I’ve have just found the cinnabar moth in my porch , I transferred it to the front garden where I have been watching it for a few days . What a beautiful looking moth it is , I live in theydon bois essex

    Comment by Rob — July 2, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

  109. Just found a Cinnabar moth on my drive, what a beautiful insect. Thanks to this website I have been able to identify it, for my very excited 7 year old granddaughter. We live in Boston in Lincolnshire at approx 12:15 pm on 4th July 2015, sunny day windy and very warm.

    Comment by Lesley — July 4, 2015 @ 11:32 am

  110. Hi , have just rescued a Cinnabar from a sparrow chick before it had chance to catch it in my garden in Sunderland Tyne & wear , the day is warm and sunny after a poor start having rained all night , beautiful moth hope its numbers increase .

    Comment by Bob Griffin — July 4, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

  111. Cinnabar moth in long grass Tayport harbour 6 July 2015

    Comment by George Wightin — July 6, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

  112. Hi I have just come across a Cinnabar moth on the coastal path near South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey Wales. Not sure if you are still collecting information on distribution of these lovely tiny creatures.

    Comment by karen — July 8, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

  113. I spotted a Cinnabar in our hedge in Plymouth. He was beautiful! I tried for a picture, but he was gone by the time I got my camera. My husband says he is a long way from home! :)

    Comment by Giselle Nicholson — August 9, 2015 @ 6:32 pm

  114. hi,i have just spotted a cinnabar moth in my garden in Leicestershire.May 28th 2016.

    Comment by susan gathercole — May 31, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

  115. Hello. A beautiful, and very shy wee Cinnabar came into my kitchen this morning. Fixed on to the side of water bottle, and was gone an hour later. We’re in Duloch, east of Dunfermline; KY11 8XF.
    It was the first I’ve seen one and a friend gave me your link. Hope the info is useful.

    Comment by Karen Burton — June 13, 2016 @ 10:22 pm

  116. Cinnabar Moth on lawn in Bottesford, Leicestershire. June 17th 2016.

    Comment by Patrick Brennan — June 17, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

  117. i saw many of these moths at RSPB Northward Hill Cooling Rochester Kent!

    Comment by Sue — July 6, 2016 @ 2:48 pm

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  120. Hi, I found your website when trying to identify a moth which I saw when out walking on 7/6/17.It turned out to be a Cinnabar moth.
    Thought you might be interested to learn of the sighting, which was at Carradale, Kintyre.

    Comment by James Mc Kinven — June 8, 2017 @ 7:34 am

  121. Found a cinnabar moth caterpillar on Schiehallion today June 25th 2017, discovered about 1km from the carpark.

    Comment by Paul — June 25, 2017 @ 10:53 pm

  122. Could any one help I have loads and I’m talking 100s just out side my ground door orange and black

    Comment by Jennie — June 28, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

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    Comment by Jennie — June 28, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

  124. I have an organic woodland with Tamworth starting to appear. I would like to introduce cinabar moths to keep it at bay. Does anyone know where to find caterpillars in Scotland
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    Comment by Bob — July 31, 2017 @ 2:41 am

  125. Should have said ragwort

    Comment by Bob — July 31, 2017 @ 2:44 am

  126. I have one in my garden in Oxfordshire. Field behind us always has loads of ragwort.

    Comment by Tracey Annison — May 17, 2018 @ 10:52 am

  127. We found a cinnabar moth in our playground. It is beautiful! Our school is in Linlithgow, West Lothian

    Comment by Low Port Primary School — May 22, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

  128. I saw a cinnabar moth in our horse paddock today. Amazing colour, we do have some ragwort! We live on the Essex and Suffolk border not far from the coast, in a village called Tendring, Essex.
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    Comment by John Struth — May 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

  129. Hi I saw a Cinnabar moth today in Dagenham G.London

    Comment by Carole — May 31, 2018 @ 12:08 pm

  130. Hi, I’ve just seen one in the bugbrooke area of Northampton, hope this helps.

    Comment by Dave Fifield — June 1, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

  131. Two sightings in High Wycombe Bucks on the 31/05/2018 and 01/06/2018. Image available.

    Comment by Ann Wilton — June 3, 2018 @ 7:50 pm

  132. Hi, we have seen many sightings of this moth in our meadow here in Burton/Winkton, Christchurch Dorset..13-06-2018.
    Image available.

    Comment by Fay — June 13, 2018 @ 10:10 am

  133. In garden near Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

    Comment by Fay Rands — June 14, 2018 @ 11:29 am

  134. Seen a field full in Blackboys east sussex today , Have taken photo

    Comment by Irvine — July 5, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

  135. Seven cinnabar caterpillars on ragwort plant in west central Edinburgh 8 July 2018

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  137. Spotted a cinnabar moth in my back garden today in bulwell nottingham never seen one before beautiful markings

    Comment by Mark Hatton — May 13, 2019 @ 8:44 pm

  138. Just spotted one today 12.30 in bo’ness west lothian

    Comment by Mark MacDonald — May 19, 2019 @ 12:54 pm

  139. Just found one in my garden on 23rd May 2019 @ twelve fifteen pm approx in Fordbridge, Solihull uk. First time I have ever seen one and I am sixty years old.

    Comment by Kim — May 23, 2019 @ 1:10 pm

  140. Found this thread while trying to identify the striking red “butterfly” I saw on 21/5/19 on the outskirts of Lesmahagow (Kypesdide). This could only have been a Cinnabar Moth. First one I’ve ever seen anywhere. Very vivid red. Lovely to know these are near my home patch.

    Comment by Susan Morton — May 23, 2019 @ 11:06 pm

  141. 02 June 2019 - at approx. 1700 sat in the garden, a cinnabar moth alighted on our lilac bush.
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    Comment by Michael Varley — June 2, 2019 @ 4:24 pm

  142. Partner took a picture for me to identify, turned out to be a cinnabar moth resting on a Lupin, never seen one before so was very curious.We have a small wood to the side of the house but to my knowledge no ragwort in the area. We are in Crinan, Argyll

    Comment by mark smyth — June 9, 2019 @ 11:06 am

  143. Spotted one in Airdrie, Lanarkshire today

    Comment by Mark Russell — June 13, 2019 @ 8:48 am

  144. Hi. Not sure if you still want the information on this moth. We have just seen one for the first time ever, In york, Yorkshire 15.06.2019 I got pictures if you wanted them

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  146. Spotted one in Falkirk, central Scotland beside the football stadium

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  147. Me and the wife spotted this red cinabar moth in a passing garden. In Crewe Cheshire. Went to take pic but flew away.

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