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Jersey Tiger
Euplagia quadripunctaria (Poda, 1761)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2067 / 72.030
Photo © Paul Bryant,  Woolpit, Suffolk

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Garden Tiger
Arctia caja
Forewing: 28-33mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Common Nettle, Hemp-agrimony, plantains and other low plants.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Morley's Final Catalogue: [C. Hera L. - Confined, in Britain, to the vicinities of Exeter and Lewes.]

Recent Status: Formerly restricted to parts of the south coast of England, this moth has recently extended it's range. It is common in London and Hertfordshire and is rapidly spreading north.

The first county record was of a singleton light-trapped at Westleton in 2004 (Richard Drew). Subsequent records from light-traps have come from Bawdsey Hall on 18.08.2012 (M.J. Deans), Hollesley on 20.08.2012 (R. Watson) and Woolpit on 02.08.2018 (P. Bryant); with two further records in 2019.

Several diurnal sightings have been made in the county, including one seen on a Hemp Agrimony flowers, at Minsmere on 08.08.2018 (many obs.).

Identification: Unmistakable.

Habitat: Gardens and hedgerows.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 8 (14%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2004.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/08/2020125TM14 - Ipswich
11/08/2020225TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
09/08/2020125TM03 - East Bergholt
09/08/2020125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
07/08/2020125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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