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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 22-26mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants, including Common Comfrey, Hemp-agrimony, Stinging Nettle, Bramble, Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet.

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 recorded190519941905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records2938602
Number of individuals1132112286
Unique positions1412286
Unique locations1133232
Adult records2598534
Immature records24048

For the region, we have a total of 602 records from 232 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2068 Scarlet Tiger 08
© Will Bown, May 2016
2068 Scarlet Tiger 07
© Gillian Nash, June 2015
2068 Scarlet Tiger 06
© Will Bown
2068 Scarlet Tiger 05
© Will Bown
2068 Scarlet Tiger 04 larva on Russian Comfrey
© Mike Jeffes
2068 Scarlet Tiger 03 larva
© Jack Oughton
2068 Scarlet Tiger 02
© Debbie Saunders
2068 Scarlet Tiger 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local and decreasing species confined to the south-west corner of Britain and a few coastal sites in east Kent, the larva feeding on many plants, shrubs and trees. The adult tends to fly in sunshine, but is occasionally active on the warmest summer nights when it is readily attracted to light traps. In Dorset, the moth is resident in a range of different biotypes. It is locally common within unimproved water meadows, edges of rivers, streams and ditches, wet woods and occasionally on dry verges or field edges where its primary foodplant common comfrey (Symphytum officinale) abounds. Scattered colonies also occur on chalky soil where hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) or privet (Ligustrum vulgare) hosts the caterpillar. Larvae have been found feeding on a range of different plants. Unusual food sources include: a final instar larva eating its way through a large spongy oak gall at Stubhampton Bottom, on 19 May 2002, and, more than one hundred larvae feeding on the blossom of gorse (Ulex spp.) on Knowle Hill near Corfe Castle on 7 April 1999 (P Davey).

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