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This tiger moth is a visitor to the moth trap in July and August but I have found it on a couple of occasions during the day, seemingly fast asleep, on hedgerow flowers.

The garden tiger is quite easily recognised by that intricate black and white pattern on its wings although the actual pattern itself can vary between insects; indeed, it is thought no two are the same. It can vary in colour too from black through to chocolate brown

It is a common species near the coast and is widespread occurring in all sorts of habitat and is quite at home in gardens and parkland as it is not over fussy about a particular food plant; it is quite happy on almost any wild or garden plant where it can get sufficient nectar. It appears that it may be declinijg inland.


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Garden Tiger
Scientific Name Arctia caja
Interest Level
Species Family Tiger and Ermine moths
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes