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Scarlet Tiger

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Peter Orchard

A day flying moth of river banks, water meadows, marshy areas and sea cliffs. A local species but common where it occurs.


  • Callimorpha dominula: the scarlet tiger moth

    Post date: Friday, 26 February, 2016 - 00:00

    This impressive moth, the scarlet tiger (Callimorpha dominula), is a species that flies freely by day and, when you find it, you will usually find it in large numbers. The pattern on the wings can, as in some other tiger moths, be quite variable.

    The scarlet tiger is very much a moth of river banks, water meadows, marshy areas and sea cliffs. It is not found very often, it is a very local species and seems confined to south and western Britain. The lush vegetation along Dorset rivers such as the Frome and Stour are good places to find them. Single brooded, they fly on sunny days in June and July. They lay their eggs on waterside plants such as comfrey, meadowsweet, hemp-agrimony and so on as well as nettles and brambles.

    Finding scarlet tigers is one of the thrills of wildlife watching!


Common Name Scarlet Tiger
Scientific Name Callimorpha dominula
Species Group Moths 416 478 Tigers Ermines and Footmen
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