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moth Ruby Tiger Moths

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Scientific name:  Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Size:  Wingspan up to 38mm

Distribution:  Commonly found throughout the UK

Months seen:  April to June and July to September

Habitat:  Grassland, open woodlands, gardens, farmland and wasteground

Food:  The caterpillars feed on plantains, dock and dandelion

Special features:  Ruby Tigers have pinkish-brown forewings.  The hindwings are an pinkish-orange with a broad black stripe near the back edge.  The head and thorax are brown and the abdomen is orange with black stripes.

The grey caterpillars have a narrow orange dorsal stripe and are covered in brown or black hair.  When they're ready to pupate they spin a silk cocoon and shed their hairs on the outside of it.  The chrysalis inside is a shiny mahogany colour.

Ruby Tiger moths are nocturnal and are attracted to lights at night.

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