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Insight into The Cinnabar (Tyria jacobaeae):
The bright colours of both The Cinnabar caterpillar and the red and black adult moth are thought to be a warning to predators that they are distasteful. The caterpillars are most often found on Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) which is poisonous to some animals such as horses and in some countries the caterpillars have been introduced to control the plant. The caterpillars obtain a bitter alkaloid taste from their food plant making them too distasteful for predators such as birds to eat.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3s Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Jul 2014 - 1:32 PM
Focal Length:210mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.7
Aperture:f/57.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:10000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:The Cinnabar
Username:ugly ugly
Uploaded:31 Jul 2014 - 6:09 AM
Tags:Cinnabar caterpillar, General, Photo journalism, Wildlife / nature
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84354 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 7:33 AM

Devon County Council have the policy of "All Ragwort Must Be Destroyed" (though I've noticed they are a bit more relaxed when it comes to their verges!). Which is such a shame when these gorgeous caterpillars and moths use it as food plants.

You've caught yours brilliantly! Smile

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 8:57 AM

Well captured Dave, it certainly looks like it got lots of food to go at
Regards
Richard

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fotobee
fotobee  1 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 9:15 AM

Great photo. Unfortunately humanity lives in conflict with nature, and not in harmony...... We wonder why the bees are dying. Regards Martin

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 9:47 AM

Wonderful insight into this interesting caterpillar Dave. My daughter encourages them around her stables.
Peter.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 11:12 AM

I like ragwort - used to jump over it!
So I love this colourful image caterpillar and all.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 1:22 PM

Well coloured this one Dave.
Good shot.
Mick.

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2014 - 5:17 PM

Super capture & great narrative Dave

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