Scarlet tiger moth

Scarlet tiger moth
Scarlet tiger moth

The picture shows a scarlet tiger moth (Callimorpha dominula) with its dotted forewings hiding scarlet hindwings.

The caterpillars live on comfrey, nettles, bramble, sallows, honeysuckle and meadowsweet.  The adult often flies in sunshine.  Many day-flying moths are brightly coloured; bright colours advertise their unpalatability.

This species is more common in the south-west and Wales.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s