|Garden Tiger Caterpillar|
Sadly, I found one of these beautiful Garden Tiger moths in the shed. It was dead. I don't know how long it had been there and even though there was no life left in it, it still amazed me with its colours and beauty.
I'm going to pin and preserve it because it's so beautiful. It just saddened me that I had to see this beautiful moth this way. I would have loved to see it fly.
|Garden Tiger Moth|
Wingspan 45-65 mm.
Another species which was a favourite with early collectors, who selectively bred it to create unusual colours and forms.
Once a quite common moth in most of Britain, it seems to have declined in many places in the last few years.
It flies in July and August, and will regularly visit the light-trap.
The caterpillars are the 'woolly bears' of many people's childhood, and feed on a number of herbaceous plants.
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