The Moths of Suffolk
2057 Garden Tiger, Arctia caja, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Mainly in the northern and coastal fens, occasional records elsewhere

Habitats : Fens, scrub, heathland, grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : Wide variety of herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk, teste W. C. Hewitson Esq. (Stephens, lllus. ii, 1829, p. 198). Woolly Bears are abundant in all gardens, to a less extent on our central clay.

Wingspan details : Forewing 28-37mm, Wingspan 50-78mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Inverness-shire (vi.2009) © P Bryant

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (18.vii.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Larva on flattened fen vegetation after a thunderstorm - Sutton Fen, Norfolk (1.vi.2002) © Jonathan Tyler
Orfordness, Suffolk (24.vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (13.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Bradwell, Suffolk (17.vii.2013) © Keith Knights
Dark specimen - Synchnant Pass, Conwy, Caernarfonshire (21.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman