Tiger Moth


Common name : Great tiger moth, Garden tiger moth

Scientific name : Arctia caja

Family : Arctiidae

Native to : Europe, North and Central Asia & North America

Interesting fact : The varying designs of wing patterns based on species vary, but each brightly coloured wing pattern serves as a warning to predators that this species is poisonous.

From 45 to 65 mm in wingspan, the tiger moth belongs to one of the larger moth families. The moths can be found in gardens, parks, meadows, scrublands and grassy areas. They also love river valleys and damp places. The female lays the eggs on the lower surface of leaves in a large clutch. The larvae of this moth feed on different food-items, from non-woody plants to bushes, raspberry, blackberry, honeysuckle, and broom among other things.

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