The scarlet tiger is a day flying moth found locally over southern England. This species flies from May to June usually in sunny conditions. This year I have found the caterpillars on nettle and green alkanet. I reared the caterpillars through to pupation and the first one emerged early last week.
The garden has produced very few moths over the last month, however chocolate tips and a few poplar hawk-moths have been the highlights. The poplar hawk moth is a magnificent species. The male is comprised of a large thorax and head, a small abdomen and huge slate grey wings. One different characteristic is that the under-wings of this species protrude from the fore wings and when in flight they reveal a small red patch at the base of the wings.
After last month of 78 moths and 25 species, I am looking forward to what the next few weeks bring.