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Garden Tiger
Arctia caja (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2057 / 72.026
Photo © Jon Kelf,  20/07/2023 - Neatishead

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: 28-37mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants. Nettle, docks, burdocks etc.
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Status
This spectacular moth was once widespread and common throughout the country, although now listed as nationally declining, it is well recorded in Norfolk, mainly along the coast and in the Broads.

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, where it is regularly recorded as larvae.

Recorded in 61 (82%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
22/07/2024227TG42Eccles
21/07/2024127TG42Eccles
20/07/2024127TG42Eccles
20/07/2024127TG32Neatishead / Barton Broad
20/07/2024127TG31Upton
20/07/2024128TF74Brancaster
19/07/2024127TG42Eccles
19/07/2024127TG32Neatishead / Barton Broad
19/07/2024127TG31Upton
18/07/2024128TF83Sculthorpe
Further info: Arctia caja
 
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