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Have noted more Tiger Moths in my South London area this year (2009) than at any other time over the years I have 'amateurishly' observed butterflies and moths. Beautiful as they are they seem rather a stupid moth since when disturbed 'they blunder-about not knowing which, what, where they should be doing or going'.
Continuing last post: I also distubed from my South London Garden at the same time an even more exotic flutterer which on seeing, my heart missed a beat. I could almost believe I was witnessing A Camberwell Beauty. Familiar with Admirals and Peacocks in flight it wasn't them. It was Large and could have been a Large Tortoishell. Like the Jersey Tiger it blundered about between the rear space between my house and the neighbour's. I muttered to myself as I eyed it going this-way-and-that between the houses craning my head as if I was at a tennis match "Stay!" "Settle!" "Let me have a closer look at you!" But, it sailed over the roofs and was gone. I recall clearly the maroon underwings and clear white dots of speckling along wing edges. What The Hell Was It. Another type of Tiger?
Help I have alot of bees in the garden normally but the past few months ive seen quite a few dying, whats happening?
My plot has had vast numbers of larvae of the cinnabar moth this year in their striped ruby jerseys. I thought they had a very specific food source (was it ragwort or groundsel?)but this year they have been on everything. Not doing any apparent damage, and I wouldn't deliberately get rid of them, but they have made weeding rather more challenging than usual!
I have scarlet tiger moths in my garden - last year they used my shed door to wait for several days til a mate appeared, not moving even when I opened and shut the door! The caterpillars overwintered well, and devoured all my early comfrey plants. They look very exotic in their black and red flying round in the day time!


I found the hindwing of a Jersey Tiger on my patio 12th Aug. adj. to my moth trap which was running a UV light the previous night. Blue and Great Tits enter the trap early am, and I presume they were responsible. I live in Woodford Green,N.E.London...It was a 'tick' for me albeit an incomplete posthumous!
On holiday in Sidmouth, Devon two weeks ago our grand-daughter spotted the jersey tiger moth in the Connaught Gardens one of which we cannot ever remember seeing before. Albert & Pauline Woodward
there was loads in my back garden about 2 months back, at least 5 - 6 on my window everyday in se13
Also seen fairly regularly over the past few years along a small stream not far from the river Loue, Franche-Comté, France, it has now reached the plateau (altitude 550 m) where I live (saw one in my garden in July, for the first time).
This is the fourth year running I've had Jersey Tigers in my garden in Deptford, and know that there are others locally. So I guess they are well on the way to being established. What is the food source?
This is the second year running I've seen the Jersey Tiger moth in Crystal Palace, SE London. I was also wondering what the food source is for them typically.


Just spotted a Jersey Tiger moth in my garden in Peckham, South East London. Have never seen one before and I spooked it while photographing it so next door have got it now!
Last night a Jersey Tiger moth came into our living room - we ejected it in a glass only to see it (or another one) again today. This time it flew into the car as we were getting out!We let it out and then it settled on the stonework just above the front door. All this in Camberwell.
Clapham, Park Hill! jersey tiger moth is sitting on our front door, we've never seen one before but it is very beautiful specimen! trying to move it outside without scaring it.
My son returned home from Greece last night,and showed me photos of RARE Tiger Moth in Rhodes, This Morning I woke to find one on my door step, weak but still alive, it had been 4 days since he had seen one. Amazing it must have hitch hiked. we live in Norwich ,Connnecticut USA
Reply to Microbe Er.. I think you'll have to keep looking. Other tigers include garden (Arctia caja) and cream spot (A. villica). Large tortoiseshell is very unlikely and has no white dots. The best field guides for moths are British moths and butterflies by Chris Manley (A&C Black, ISBN 9780713686364) which has photos and Field guide to the moths of Great Britain and Ireland by Paul Waring and Martin Townsend (British Wildlife Publishing, ISBN 0953139913) with paintings. Otherwise try an on-line guide at: