Jersey Tiger caterpillar

Another caterpillar at my moth trap this morning. This time it wasn’t in the trap but under it.

This is the caterpillar of the Jersey Tiger – reasonable rare moth which is common in South Devon and is spreading along the south coast and has now reached London.

This is what the adult looks like.

The caterpillar will pupate and emerge as an adult moth in mid July.

The underwings of the Jersey Tiger are bright red – warning colouration to deter predators e.g. birds from eating them.

4 thoughts on “Jersey Tiger caterpillar

  1. I saw this beautiful moth on my wall yesterday, as it was not familiar I took it’s photo before releasing it into the night. What a surprise to find out what it was, shall look out for the caterpillars in future

  2. August 12 2019 .I see this moth every year now for at least 5 years .Its quiet a treat now as there is not much else about . Colin friend Sidcup .

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