Erebidae : Arctiinae
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Garden Tiger
Arctia caja

(Linnaeus, 1758) 72.026/2057
Norfolk status
This spectacular moth was once widespread and common throughout the county, but is getting rarer, possibly due to global warming. Although its markings are very varied, which has led to many learned studies, the moth's forewings are usually brown, crossed with white lines, while the hindwings are red or occasionally yellow, with big black spots which have deep-blue centres. It flies mainly at night but is often found during the day, so it can be mistaken for a butterfly.

Stronghold in the Broads.

Recorded in 59 (86%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2018.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/08/2018127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
25/08/2018127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
20/08/2018+27TG13 - Baconsthorpe
20/08/2018+27TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
19/08/2018+27TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
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Forewing: 28-37mm.
Season: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants Nettle, docks, burdocks etc
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
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