Species: Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)

Family: Tigers and Ermine Moths (EREBIDAE)

Category: Butterflies & Moths

Location: Widespread

A. Butterflies & Moths

B. Tigers and Ermine Moths (EREBIDAE)

This is a very large family containing some of our most colourful moths.

C. Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)

The Ruby Tiger moth has a wingspan of between 35 and 45 millimetres. Variable in colour, this moth is a brighter carmine red in the south of England, a duller brown in Scotland. Belonging to the Tigers and Ermines moth family, this moth has a luscious thoracic mantle of long red hair. It has distinctively pale antennae, contrasting with the rest of its anatomy.


Ruby Tiger

This individual fluttered down in the mid-afternoon heat of a July afternoon, before settling in dappled shade on a gravestone, where it rested motionless for some time.