The Moths of Suffolk
2064 Ruby Tiger, Phragmatobia fuliginosa, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, heathland, woodland, scrub, grassland and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-April to June and mid-July to early September

Larval foodplants : Many herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Surprisingly rare; by no means " generally distributed," as Bloomfield states (ante 1890). A single specimen in Bentley Woods during 1893 (Baylis); a second taken there on 17 May 1924 (Mly); several at Waldringfield light before 1929 (Wlr). One at Fritton Warren (see no. 14, supra); two at light, Fritton marshes, July 1935 (Mr). Several larvae at Easton Bavents in 1935 (Baker).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-19mm, Wingspan 28-38mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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ssp. borealis larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause pupa imago ovalarva larva larva larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause
ssp. fuliginosa larval diapause larval diapause larval diapausepupa imago imago ovalarvaimago larvapupa imago ovalarvaimago larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Eye (31.vii.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Foulden Common, Norfolk (21.iv.2009) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.vii.2009) © A Prichard