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.
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, www.hirondelles-chabanol.fr), département 63 Puy-de-Dôme. Thanks for the great photograph Christine.