Scientific name: Euplagia quadripunctaria
Mid July to early September.
Can be found flying on warm days and visiting flowers, such as Buddlelia. Also flies at night and comes to light.
Size and Family
- Family – Tigers, Ermines, Footmen and allies (Arctiids)
- Medium/Large Sized
- Wing Span Range (male to female) - 52-65mm
- Nationally Scarce
Overwinters as a small larva; September to May.
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
On a wide variety of herbaceous plants including Common Nettle (Urtica dioica), Hemp-argimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), White Dead-nettle (Lamium album), Borage (Borago officinalis), plantains (Plantago Spp.), Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea) and Bramble (Rubus fruiticosus).
- Countries – England
- Resident and a suspected immigrant. Well established along the south coast of Devon and Dorset, extending inland to the edge of Dartmoor. Also found on the Isle of Wight, Sussex, Kent and recently from parts of London, with a few records elsewhere
- Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Increasing
Gardens, rough and disturbed ground, hedgerows, coastal cliffs, under-cliff and the higher parts of beaches.