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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: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 14-19mm.

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 recorded19052008200719831905
Year last recorded20112008200720112011
Number of records2431111395144
Number of individuals65431338613866
Unique positions3391125732
Unique locations2371122522
Adult records2265111354804
Immature records200412

For the region, we have a total of 5144 records from 522 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2064 Ruby Tiger 10
© Julian Francis
2064 Ruby Tiger 09
© Gillian Nash, 24 September 2017
2064 Ruby Tiger 08
© Will Bown
2064 Ruby Tiger 07 larvae (early instar)
© Clive Pinder
2064 Ruby Tiger 06 larva
© Clive Pinder
2064 Ruby Tiger 05 larva
© Clive Pinder
2064 Ruby Tiger 04
© Martin Cade, 21 Apr 2009
2064 Ruby Tiger 03
© Phyl England
2064 Ruby Tiger 01
© Tom Morris
2064 Ruby Tiger 02
© Will Bown, 7 August 2012

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on a various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and frequent to common, but occasionally abundant, especially on unimproved calcareous grassland sites both inland and on the coast. The peak of the second brood at the end of July is, on average, forty times greater than the peak of the first brood in early May. A second double brood cycle is suggested by the county data, with peaks at the end of May and the beginning of September.

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