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Scarlet Tiger Moth

Callimorpha dominula

Scarlet Tiger Moth, Scarlet Tiger

A photograph of a Scarlet Tiger moth Callimorpha dominula perched on a leaf

Arctiidae - Callimorpha dominula

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The Scarlet Tiger Moth belongs to the subfamily of tiger moths, Arctiinae. They're vividly marked with white and yellow spots and pair of striking red and black hindwings. They're not strictly nocturnal, they're sometimes seen resting on leaves during the day. Males are most active during the late afternoons and evenings. The caterpillars will eat Dandelions, Common Comfrey, Hemp Agrimony and Hound’s Tongue, Common Nettle, Bramble, Sallows, Honeysuckle and Meadowsweet.
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A pretty garden pollinator.


Adults: At rest, this moth has black wings with white and yellow splodges, but to what extent can be variable. It's sometimes possible to see the hindwings, which are scarlet with black spots. The bodies are mainly black, possessing red markings and additional yellow hairs on the head. Larvae: The caterpillars are black with yellow and white spots running down the back and sides of the body. They're covered in tufts of long black and white hairs.











England and Wales and mainland Europe

Biological treatment

Moths can be important pollinators, they're also a vital resource for garden wildlife, like bats, reptiles, and other predatory insects. Unfortunately, the larvae, or caterpillars, can sometimes be pests in years where conditions are optimum for their breeding. If in high abundance, caterpillars may be picked off garden plants using gloves and placed someplace else.

Chemical treatment

Please consider if chemical control is really necessary. If a chemical option is sought, check with your local garden centre and please take care to follow the manufacturers' instructions.


Stinging Nettle

Urtica dioica

Hemp Agrimony

Eupatorium cannabinum

Common Honeysuckle

Lonicera periclymenum

Meadow Sweet

Filipendula ulmaria 'Variegata'


Taraxacum officinale


Rubus spp.


Salix spp.

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