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moth 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.

Sightings

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
2013 - Croydon Surrey - Andy Crisp
2013 - Islington, London - Lesley Watters
2013 - Porlock, Somerset - Roger Barbee
2013 - Beckenham, Kent - Keith Clifford
2013 - Balham, London, SW12 - Ella Read
2013 - Bedford, Bedfordshire - Lynn Herron
2013 - Weymouth, Dorset - Pat Norris
2013 - St. James's Park, London - Sarah Reeves
2013 - Bromley, Kent - Konce Metin
2013 - Sanderstead, Surrey - Jon Newton
2013 - Lower Tamar Valley, Cornwall - Geoff Boxall
2013 - Porlock, Somerset - Katie Bourn
2013 - Torquay, Devon - Bob Radley
2014 - East Mill Imperial Business Park, Gravesend - by Itab Team (photo)
2014 - Swanley, Kent - Louisa Drury (photo)
2014 - Maker, Cornwall - Geoff Rhodes (photo)
2014 - Woolwich, S.E. London - Catherine Sinden (photo)

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