Jersey Tiger moth

Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria)

French name: L’Ecaille chinée

The beautiful Jersey Tiger moth is common throughout France and flies both during the daytime, when they can be seen feeding on the nectar of their favourite flowers Buddleia and thistles, and at night.

Jersey Tiger moth

Its distinctive markings make the Jersey Tiger moth both unmistakable and striking; cream stripes on dark brown wings, with red markings underneath. The adult wingspan is between 52-65mm. Jersey Tiger moths fly between July and September so keep an eye out for a flash of red!

This photograph was taken by Christine Phillips (twitter @hazmattmum,, département 63 Puy-de-Dôme. Thanks for the great photograph Christine.

A bientôt

Katherine x

'Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria)' have 6 comments

  1. August 22, 2012 @ 3:07 pm Christine Phillips

    You are welcome. Lots of Jersey Tigers here in the Auvergne. They are really striking especially when teir wings are folded as all you see is the cream & black markings..then they fly & the red is visible.


  2. August 1, 2013 @ 6:45 pm Ness Hunt

    Just seen my first Jersey Tiger Moth in back garden Herne Hill, South London.Wings closed and resting so it looked like some amazing African mask against the dark green of the large ivy leaves. WoW!


    • August 2, 2013 @ 6:36 am Katherine

      They certainly are stunning aren’t they, such striking markings, so glad to hear you have one in your garden 🙂


  3. August 4, 2013 @ 9:24 pm Kathy

    Saw a Jersey Tiger moth yesterday in my garden. Spectacular specimen, specially when it took flight.


  4. August 15, 2013 @ 9:22 pm Elizabeth Corrie

    So glad to have identified this beautiful moth. I saw several last week in Brittany. My description was also ‘like an African mask’ with this striking orange revealed when in flight.


  5. August 3, 2019 @ 9:53 pm Wendy Cooper-Wolfe

    Jersey Tiger Moth here a couple of days ago in Siorac de Riberac 24600. Also found a (sadly only the dead husk) of a swallowtail recently


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