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Garden Tiger

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Common Name Garden Tiger
Scientific Name Arctia caja
Interest Level
3/5
Related Species Tiger and Ermine moths
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Summary

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.


 

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Early Garden Tiger moth. Usually flies July Aug ? First ever for us ! https://t.co/3lPSK32f0v
Tweet Date:
28/05/2017 - 09:15
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Tweet Date:
12/08/2017 - 07:26
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The original tweets from which these records have been derived:

Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
12/08/2017 - 07:26 Martin Wood @msabirder #teammoth My 1st Garden Tiger https://t.co/vR2wgQd7g5
16/07/2017 - 19:00 Mike Hetherington Some colour from last night's trap: Large Emerald, Garden Tiger, 4-spotted Footman. @BC_Dorset @savebutterflies… https://t.co/5Irp4Nduz4
14/07/2017 - 10:15 Simon Kidner Privet, 3 x Elephant, 4-spotted Footman, Rosy Footman, Garden Tiger, Small Grass Emerald, Scalloped Oak in twin 30W… https://t.co/03r0Mh3I0E
30/05/2017 - 10:15 Portland Bird Observatory Garden Tiger an unseasonable capture at the Obs today - common moth here but quite often don't one in June let alon… https://t.co/AbqaKHVXGc
28/05/2017 - 09:15 Martin Raper Early Garden Tiger moth. Usually flies July Aug ? First ever for us ! https://t.co/3lPSK32f0v
Name of species Garden Tiger
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