Scarlet Tiger Moths seen in garden

Adult Scarlet Tiger Moth in the back garden

A post earlier this year recorded finding the caterpillars of the scarlet tiger moth in the front garden. Now we have the adults, front and back gardens. At one point (Monday 13th June) we had 4 of them doing a very sloppy formation flying thing in the garden, within the space of about 2 cubic metres, for a considerable time – perhaps 30 minutes. Later the purpose became clear when we found a pair of them joined together and motionless for over an hour. It must have been a mating dance or display, or even battle for the fair lady – hell, I’m only guessing.

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