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GARDEN TIGER

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Arctia caja

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28th Aug 2012, Fyfe, Scotland. Photo: © John Brailsford
The blotches on the forewing are very variable. The red collar, visible in the photo around the neck, is only revealed when the insect is disturbed, and has two glands which emit a pungent repellant yellow fluid. It feeds on Plantains, Deadnettles and other short plants. The caterpillars, usually called 'Woolly Bears' have many long thin brown hairs and it usually scuttles along the ground at great sped in search of a place to pupate.


Slight resemblance to : Scarlet Tiger (Callimorpha dominula) but that has forewings that are rounded pale-orange spots on a black background, rather than rounded black spots on a white base. There are also differences in the black blotches of the red hindwings.

Some similarities to :Jersey Tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria) but that has white dagger shapes on the black forewings, and black oval shapes on an orange hindwing.


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GARDEN TIGER

MOTH

Arctia caja

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