Two, poisonous things for today's post. Firstly a weed which is found growing in abundance on almost every bit of wasteland in Britain as well as the cracks in paths and car parks. Common Ragwort ().
It contains a cocktail of poisonous chemicals detailed in the World Health Organisation's report EHC 80.
Despite the unpalatable nature of this plant, one small creature can be found every Summer eating happily on it's leaves and stems. We found one of these creatures this morning, eating for all it was worth. The caterpillar of the Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae). The scientific name of this moth reflects the fact that it feeds on the Ragwort.