Scarlet Tiger (Callimorpha dominula)

This impressive moth is a species that flies freely by day and, when you find it, you will usually find it in large numbers.

The Scarlet Tiger is very much a moth of the river bank, water meadows, marshy areas and sea cliffs. Not found very often, the species is very local and seems confined to south and western Britain. The lush vegetation along the Dorset rivers such as the Frome and Stour are good places to find them.

Single brooded, they fly on sunny days in June and July. They lay their eggs on waterside plants such as Comfrey, Meadowsweet, Hemp-agrimony and so on as well as nettles and brambles.

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