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Arctia caja (Linnaeus, 1758)

Garden Tiger
72.0260 (B&F: 2057)

»Suborder: Glossata
 »Superfamily: Noctuoidea
  »Family: Erebidae
   »Subfamily: Arctiinae
    »Tribe: Arctiini

Status and ecology:

Resident and suspected infrequent immigrant. Adults normally occur singly or sparingly at mv light, although they are occasionally fairly common to common in a few places near the coast; rare in mid Sussex and in much of the north. Larvae are often noticeably more numerous than the resultant adults. Any numbers are very local and distinctly episodic. In decline throughout. Generally single-brooded, flying mainly from early July to the third week of August, sometimes from mid or even early June during recent years. Adults have been seen in every week from late May to mid September. Larvae feed on stinging nettle, dock, bramble, virginia creeper, black horehound, leopard's-bane, red dead-nettle, water forget-me-not, bedstraw, hound's-tongue, and plantain. (Pratt, 2011)

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Brighton, 03 viii 2014 Photo: Jeremy Patterson

Arctia caja (Linnaeus, 1758)


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