ABH 72.024

Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa

BF 2064

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(Linnaeus, 1758)
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30-35 mm


Exhibits geographical variation , with brightest individuals in the south, and duller specimens in Scotland, attributable to the subspecies borealis.Forewings reddish brown with darker prominent veining and a small black discal mark. Hindwings pinkish red, suffused with grey near the outer margin. Thorax reddish brown and quite hairy. Abdomen red with a dark dorsal stripe.Showing a gradual variation in colour, with the brightest individuals in the south, and much duller specimens in Scotland, attributable to the subspecies borealis.

Key Identification Features:

  • Dark Hairy thorax
  • Discal mark on forewings
  • Pinkish red hindwings

Life Cycle

It is double-brooded in the south, flying in April to June, and again in August and September. In the north there is just one generation, in June.

The larvae can be found from July until April of the following year on a variety of plants including Heather Calluna vulgaris, purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea and dock Rumex spp. It overwinters as a larva.



A small, notacable moth associated with coastal and inland heaths. Adults are said to fly occasionally in warm sunshine, which, probably accounts for some individuals that are occasionally met with during the day. It is however normally encountered at light in very small numbers.





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