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Garden Tiger

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Common Name Garden Tiger
Scientific Name Arctia caja
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Related Species Tiger and Ermine moths
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Habitat Reference

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.


Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

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Early Garden Tiger moth. Usually flies July Aug ? First ever for us !
Tweet Date:
28/05/2017 - 09:15
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Tweet Date:
12/08/2017 - 07:26
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Just 31 moths last night at Broadwey, but a late and tatty Garden Tiger made up for things.

Tweet Date:
06/09/2017 - 18:20
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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
06/09/2017 - 18:20 John Gifford

Just 31 moths last night at Broadwey, but a late and tatty Garden Tiger made up for things.

12/08/2017 - 07:26 Martin Wood @msabirder #teammoth My 1st Garden Tiger
16/07/2017 - 19:00 Mike Hetherington Some colour from last night's trap: Large Emerald, Garden Tiger, 4-spotted Footman. @BC_Dorset @savebutterflies…
14/07/2017 - 10:15 Retweet Privet, 3 x Elephant, 4-spotted Footman, Rosy Footman, Garden Tiger, Small Grass Emerald, Scalloped Oak in twin 30W…
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…
28/05/2017 - 09:15 Martin Raper Early Garden Tiger moth. Usually flies July Aug ? First ever for us !