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Garden Tiger
Arctia caja (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2057 / 72.026
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Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 28-37mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants. Nettle, docks, burdocks etc.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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 60 (87%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/09/2020127TG31 - Horning/Hoveton
19/08/2020127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
18/08/2020127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
17/08/2020+27TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
17/08/2020227TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
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