72.026 Arctia caja (Garden Tiger)
fw: 28-37mm (Waring & Townsend), ws: 50-78mm (MBGBI9); Jul-Aug; various herbaceous plants; common throughout GB.
ID: Forewing markings vary considerably in detail of the pattern of brown markings on a white ground colour, hindwing red with large blue spots with a black and yellow ring around them. Antenna bipectinate in male, ciliate in female. Named variants are rare: form lutescens has a yellow hindwing ground colour; form fumosa has the white areas of the forewing suffused brown and a brown hindwing ground colour.
§1 Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk; 15/07/2008; male
§2 Foulness, Essex; 26/07/2009; male
§3 Cyffdy Farm, Gwynedd; 22/06/2010; male
§4 Romansleigh, Devon; 28/06/2016; male; fw 30.1mm; to light
§5 Ballindalloch, Moray; 29/06/2021; male
§6 Foulness, Essex; 21/08/2021; male
All images © Chris Lewis
Larva #1- Sutton Fen, Norfolk; 05/06/2009
Larva #2 - Lismore Island, Argyll; 03/06/2015
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