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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Fairly common and mainly coastal resident/wanderer

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Sep.

Forewing: 20-24mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants including nettles.

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 recorded1964200520111964
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records1046212098
Number of individuals2486214978
Unique positions11121228
Unique locations9021186
Adult records1015212036
Immature records4008

For the region, we have a total of 2098 records from 186 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1964.


2067 Jersey Tiger 07
© Julian Francis
2067 Jersey Tiger 06
© Gillian Nash, August 2017
2067 Jersey Tiger 05
© Jack Oughton
2067 Jersey Tiger 04
© Martin Cade, 27 Apr 2007
2067 Jersey Tiger 03
© Paul Harris
2067 Jersey Tiger 02
© Peter Bruce-Jones, 9 Aug 2011
2067 Jersey Tiger 01
© Phyl England 29 Aug 2012

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species confined to the Channel Islands and the south coast of Devon, the larva feeding on a various herbaceous plants. The adult may be seen nectaring on the flowers of Buddleia davidii in sunshine, and is readily flushed from its resting-place by day. In Dorset, this exotic moth is well-established and often frequent along much of the coast between Abbotsbury and Portland. The few light trap observations further east and north include: Yetminster, on 31 July 2004 (Mrs A Barwick), Puddletown, on 28 August 2004 (H Wood Homer), Wimborne, ab. flava on 22 August 1994 (Miss M Brooks), Coldharbour, on 18 August 2006 (B Withers), Durlston, on 14 August 2004 (S Nash). The Jersey Tiger, although absent from much of the north-European coast, is found throughout Europe including the coast of northern France.

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