Garden Tiger - Arctia caja


Wingspan 45-65 mm. Another species which was a favourite with early collectors, who selectively bred it to create unusual colours and forms.

Identification difficulty

Gardens, water meadows, marshes, fens, sand-dunes and open woodland.

When to see it

It flies in July and August and will regularly visit the light-trap.

Life History

The caterpillars are the 'woolly bears' of many people's childhood and feed on a number of herbaceous plants.

UK Status

Once a quite common moth in most of Britain, it seems to have declined in many places in the last few years. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It is reasonably common in Leicestershire and Rutland but numbers may be declining. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map