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Jersey Tiger
Euplagia quadripunctaria (Poda, 1761)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2067 / 72.030
Photo © Phyl England 29 Aug 2012

Similar Dorset Species
Garden Tiger
Arctia caja
Scarlet Tiger
Callimorpha dominula
Forewing: 28-33mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Common Nettle, Hemp-agrimony, plantains and other low plants.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species confined to the Channel Islands and the south coast of Devon, the larva feeding on a various herbaceous plants. The adult may be seen nectaring on the flowers of Buddleia davidii in sunshine, and is readily flushed from its resting-place by day. In Dorset, this exotic moth is well-established and often frequent along much of the coast between Abbotsbury and Portland. The few light trap observations further east and north include: Yetminster, on 31 July 2004 (Mrs A Barwick), Puddletown, on 28 August 2004 (H Wood Homer), Wimborne, ab. flava on 22 August 1994 (Miss M Brooks), Coldharbour, on 18 August 2006 (B Withers), Durlston, on 14 August 2004 (S Nash). The Jersey Tiger, although absent from much of the north-European coast, is found throughout Europe including the coast of northern France.

Recorded in 31 (78%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1964.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
22/09/201919SY98 - Wareham
09/09/201919SY79 - Puddletown
03/09/201919SY49 - Bridport
02/09/201919SY39 - Lyme Regis
02/09/201919SY49 - Bridport
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