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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

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 recorded192820031928
Year last recorded201120032011
Number of records841170
Number of individuals140012802
Unique positions45192
Unique locations32166
Adult records741150
Immature records8016

For the region, we have a total of 170 records from 66 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1928.


2056 Wood Tiger 05
© Jack Oughton
2056 Wood Tiger 04
© Paul Harris
2056 Wood Tiger 03
© Paul Harris
2056 Wood Tiger 02
© Jack Oughton
2056 Wood Tiger 01
© Jack Oughton

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain and now rare in south-east England, the larva feeding on a wide range of herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth has declined and is now confined to unimproved chalk downland sites where it is at low density; it has also been seen occasionally in an open woodland setting at Stubhampton Bottom. The moth although always local, was once more widespread and in favourable sites occurred abundantly: Badbury Rings, commonly (S Scarsdale Brown, W Parkinson Curtis), many in flight at 6pm on 11 June 1938 (H Andrewes). However, ploughing, intensive grazing, and general 'improvement' of chalk downland since the middle of the last century has undoubtedly caused the species to become scarce across the county. The once flourishing colonies on Hod Hill, Hambledon Hill, Badbury Rings and Buzbury Camp have long since vanished. The Wood Tiger is a key indicator species, and should be included in management plans to assist in measuring the health of unimproved chalk downland habitat.

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