Garden Tiger - Arctia caja

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    72.026 BF2057

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map