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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 28-37mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants. Nettle, docks, burdocks etc.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded190519831905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records18091733964
Number of individuals492838010616
Unique positions18313392
Unique locations15612336
Adult records16941713730
Immature records318

For the region, we have a total of 3964 records from 336 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2057 Garden Tiger 04
© Martin Wood
2057 Garden Tiger 03 larva
© Jack Oughton
2057 Garden Tiger 02 ab.
© Dave Foot
2057 Garden Tiger 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the larva feeding on a wide variety of herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is common on unimproved grassland, on farmland transitioning from improved arable to unimproved grassland such as 'set-aside' land on chalky soils, in river valleys and in gardens well stocked with herbaceous plants. The moth is infrequent on dry acid soils where herbaceous plants are scarce. None of the extreme varieties that are occasionally noted elsewhere in the UK have been recorded in Dorset. The following light trap records refer to potential second brood individuals: Puddletown, on 1 October 2000 (H Wood Homer), Gaunts Common, on 28 October 1995 (P Davey).

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