Scarlet Tiger

Beautiful Moth or Butterfly
We found this beautiful moth or butterfly just sitting quietly on the lawn in the summer, but no amount of searching has yet identified it ? Very unusual – never seen one before or since.
Gareth in Gloucestershire, UK

Hi Gareth,
We were relatively certain this was an Arctiid Moth, so we googled “arctiid uk” and found the Scarlet Tiger, Callimorpha dominula, identified on the UK Moth site. The site lists the adult moth as having variable coloration and markings, and your specimen has more yellow than the depicted specimens on the site. This is one of the few Tiger Moths with developed mouth parts, indicating that unlike their relatives, the adults feed on nectar.

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