What is this moth?
July 18, 2011 12:21 pm
What is this moth? Thanks for your help
Your moth is Arctia caja, and in North America it is commonly called the Great Tiger Moth, however in Europe where it is also found, it is commonly called the Garden Tiger Moth. BugGuide has these remarks: “This species, formerly common throughout the UK, has steadily declined over the past 20 years, with numbers falling by around 30%. There has been a general movement away from the south and toward the north, with climate change believed to be a contributing factor. Warm, wet winters and warm springs are followed by a decrease in the number of tiger moths the following summer (Conrad et al, 2002). Arctia caja was a favourite with early European collectors, who selectively bred it to create unusual colours and forms.”