Jersey Tiger Moths have been spotted at Charlton Station Garden recently. The Jersey Tiger Moth was found mainly in the Channel Islands and the South West, being the only parts of Britain where conditions were reliably warm enough. Over recent years they have been colonising Britian from the South and moving north and were first recorded in London in 2010 during the Big Butterfly Count Survey.
Maria let us know that she has been spotted the Jersey Tiger Moth in her garden:
“Having seen with interest the item on the Community Garden notice board about the Jersey Tiger Moth I wanted to say that I’ve had them in my front hedge and back garden for a couple of years now, without realising exactly what they were.Previously it has been one or two only and rarely seen, but this year’s hot and humid weather has obviously suited them. On one day this week I had three in my back garden (two sitting on the kitchen window and one in the garden shed), plus another three flew out of the hedge at the front. They seem to like dense, dry foliage to shelter in and come out when the weather is hot and dry to settle somewhere in the sun.When flying it is quite easy to mistake them for a Red Admiral as they flutter past but when you look properly you’ll see the vibrant scarlet under their wings is not the same colour, and of course their black and cream markings when resting are very distinctive. They will often be motionless on a leaf or door frame or hidden within a hedge for some time, so look out for them! It’s easy to approach them carefully for a look. “Maria has captured this image of a Jersey Tiger Moth at rest on her patio door – we hope it will be useful in helping you identify any Jersey Tiger Moths that might be fluttering around your own patch.