What is a "cinnabar"?
A cinnabar is a fascinating moth species found in various parts of Europe and Asia. These medium-sized moths showcase a distinct combination of black and vermilion red on their wings, creating a striking and eye-catching appearance. Cinnabar moths are known for their association with toxic plants, particularly the ragwort plant, which serves as their primary food source during the larval stage. The brightly colored caterpillars of the cinnabar moth are well-adapted to feed on the poisonous ragwort leaves, accumulating toxic alkaloids in their bodies that provide protection against predators.