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Garden Tiger
Arctia caja (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2057 / 72.026
Photo © Mike Gasson,  12/07/2015 - Stibbard

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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
16/07/2024127TG31Upton
15/07/2024127TG31Upton
08/07/2024+27TG41Filby
02/07/2024128TF74Titchwell
02/07/2024+27TG41Filby
29/06/2024+27TG32Barton Turf
26/06/2024+27TG42Hickling NNR / Potter Heigham
24/06/2024127TM49Thurlton
11/06/2024228TF74Titchwell NNR
05/06/2024+27TG42Hickling NNR / Potter Heigham
Further info: Arctia caja
 
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