Jersey Tiger Moths
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Scientific name: Euplagia quadripunctaria
Size: Wingspan approximately 60mm
Distribution: Found in the Channel Isles, the Isle of Wight and in Devon and Dorset. Also a small population in London, thought to have been started by a single egg-laying female in 2004 (source Tony Canning).
Months seen: June to September
Habitat: Gardens, woodland edges and waste ground
Food: Caterpillars feed on nettles, dandelion and plantains
Special features: The forewings of Jersey Tigers are cream-coloured with bold black stripes. The underwings are bright orange with black patches.
Jersey Tigers fly by day in sunny weather and settle amongst vegetation when it's dull. They also fly at night and can be readily attracted to light.
The caterpillars of Jersey Tigers are black, with a wide yellow stripe along the back, and cream spots along the sides. Each body segment has a tuft of orange-brown hair. The head is black.
2008 - Taunton Somerset - Tricia Anderson
2008 - Brockley, S.E. London - John French
2010 - Seaton, Devon - Bill Smith
2010 - Abbotsbury Tropical garden, Dorset - Robin Jowit
2011 - London SE12 - Bill Rowe
2011 - Wallington, Surrey - Sandy + George Goodwin
2011 - London S.E.6 - Inma Ferrer
2011 - Brockley, S.E. London - Gary + Hannah
2011 - Wimbledon SW19 - Judy Bindman