Erebidae : Arctiinae
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Photo © Craig Holden, Susannah Hecht,  19/8/21, Colneis Road, Felixstowe (form lutescens)

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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 Status: Formerly restricted to parts of the south coast of England, this moth has recently extended it's 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 (Richard Drew). Subsequent records from light-traps have come from Bawdsey Hall on 18.08.2012 (M.J. Deans), Hollesley on 20.08.2012 (R. Watson) and Woolpit on 02.08.2018 (P. Bryant); with two further records in 2019. Records have continued to increase especially in the Felixstowe area and colonization of the county appears to have taken place. Further spread is expected.

Several diurnal sightings have been made in the county, including one seen on a Hemp Agrimony flowers, at Minsmere on 08.08.2018 (many obs.).

Identification: Unmistakable.

Habitat: Gardens and hedgerows.

Recorded in 12 (21%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2004.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/08/2021125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
24/08/2021225TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
22/08/2021125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
21/08/2021125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
20/08/2021125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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Forewing: 28-33mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Common Nettle, Hemp-agrimony, plantains and other low plants
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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