Scarlet Tiger - Callimorpha dominula

Description

Wingspan 45-55 mm. The rather variable adults of this species usually have a metallic green sheen on the blackish areas of the forewing. It is one of the few tiger moths with developed mouthparts, allowing it to feed on nectar.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Occupies damp areas such as fens, marshes, river banks and quarries as well as rocky cliffs near the sea.

When to see it

A day-flying species. The single generation flies in May and June.

Life History

The larvae feed on a number of herbaceous plants, but especially Comfrey.

UK Status

It is locally frequent in southern and south-west England, south Wales and some areas in North-west England. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded), however this species may be increasing in our area.

Reference
72.029 BF2068

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