The English name of this moth is most appropriate for those found in southern England.  In northern England and Ireland, the forewings are darker with some blackish tints on the hindwings.  One or two small spots are present on the forewings, these can be connected forming a crescent.

Can be found in flight by day, particularly in sunshine.  Mating sometimes occurs in mid-afternoon. Also flies from dusk and into the night.

Size and Family

  • Family – Tigers, Ermines, Footmen and allies (Arctiids)
  • Medium Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Herbs, including ragworts, plantains, heathers, dock, dandelion, Spindle and Broom.


  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Widespread and common throughout England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, also found on the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.


Occurs in most open habitats, including downland, heathland, moorland, woodland clearings, sand-dunes, gardens and water meadows.

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