Erebidae : Arctiinae
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Jersey Tiger
Euplagia quadripunctaria

(Poda, 1761) 2067 / 72.030

Morley's Final Catalogue: [C. Hera L. - Confined, in Britain, to the vicinities of Exeter and Lewes.]

Recent Suffolk Status: Formerly restricted to parts of the south coast of England, this moth has recently extended its range. It is common in London and Hertfordshire and is rapidly spreading north.
The first county record was of a singleton light-trapped at Westleton in 2004 (R. Drew). Subsequent records from light-traps came from Bawdsey Hall on 18.08.2012 (M.J. Deans), Hollesley on 20.08.2012 (R. Watson) and Woolpit, the first VC26 record on 02.08.2018 (P. Bryant). There were two further records in 2019. Records have increased rapidly especially in the Felixstowe and Ipswich areas. Colonization of the county appears to have taken place. The first larval record was from Stutton in April 2022 (S. Chamberlain). Regularly seen in the daytime on flowers.

Life history: Single brooded, flying throughout the summer.

Identification: Unmistakable.

Habitat: Gardens and hedgerows.

Recorded in 26 (45%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2004.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/09/2023125TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
04/09/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
02/09/2023125TM14 - Ipswich
01/09/2023125TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
29/08/2023125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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Forewing: 28-33mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Common Nettle, Hemp-agrimony, plantains and other low plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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