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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 14-19mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19401883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records2459607813790138
Number of individuals6105103915251589283
Unique positions1409419115222
Unique locations1399317915420
Adult records2437587758698132
Immature records14516144

For the county, we have a total of 4807 records from 585 sites. First recorded in 1883.


72.024 Ruby Tiger 09 Side1
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72.024 Ruby Tiger 08 Top2
© Colin Duke
72.024 Ruby Tiger 07 Top
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
72.024 Ruby Tiger 06
© Nick Lawman
72.024 Ruby Tiger 05
© Andy Nunn
72.024 Ruby Tiger 04 larva
© Derek Parkinson
72.024 Ruby Tiger 03
© Derek Parkinson
72.024 Ruby Tiger 02
© Dave Williamson
72.024 Ruby Tiger  01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded most frequently from moorland and lowland heaths and in small numbers in other lowland areas in all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Widespread and doing well across the county in both upland and lowland habitats. The second brood in July/August dwarfs the smaller first brood in May/June.

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