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As this summer fast becomes a dull washout, I thought I'd post some photos of some bright flowers on "Blue-Grey", to brighten your mood a little - and I wanted a photo of the Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar on its preferred plant anyway.
I took this photo in roughly the same spot, on the Thames towpath between Cabersham and Reading bridges as the previous post on Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars.
Ragwort is a toxic weed, no matter how bright and beautiful it looks. Should your cattle, horse, sheep etc.... start to graze on Ragwort, the toxic alkaloids contained within it will soon get to work on their liver - once clinical symptoms start appearing, your livestock is doomed!
It can also affect humans too - entering the bloodstream via the skin.
Steer clear of Ragwort... (not like me this morning), unless you want a liver transplant.