ruby tiger (phragmatobia fuliginosa)
ruby tiger (phragmatobia fuliginosa)
ruby tiger (phragmatobia fuliginosa)

The Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa) is a species of moth belonging to the family Erebidae. Here are some key characteristics and information about this moth:

  1. Appearance: The Ruby Tiger moth is characterized by its striking ruby-red coloration, particularly on the forewings. The wingspan of adults typically ranges from 30 to 40 millimeters. The forewings are reddish-brown with darker markings, while the hindwings are paler with a slight reddish tint. The body is furry and typically dark in color.
  2. Habitat: Ruby Tiger moths can be found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, meadows, gardens, woodlands, and urban areas. They are often attracted to light and can be seen flying during the night.
  3. Lifecycle: The lifecycle of the Ruby Tiger moth includes four stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (cocoon), and adult moth. The female moth lays eggs on the leaves of various herbaceous plants, including nettles (Urtica spp.), docks (Rumex spp.), and other low-growing vegetation. The caterpillars feed on these plants before pupating in a cocoon. The adult moths emerge from the cocoon after a period of development.
  4. Flight Period: Ruby Tiger moths are typically seen flying during the summer months, with peak activity occurring from June to August in the northern hemisphere. They are nocturnal and are attracted to artificial lights at night.
  5. Range: The Ruby Tiger moth has a wide distribution range across Europe, Asia, and North America. It is particularly common in temperate regions but can also be found in more northern latitudes.
  6. Behavior: Adult Ruby Tiger moths are nocturnal and are attracted to light sources at night. They are relatively common and can often be seen resting on vegetation during the day. The caterpillars are also often encountered feeding on their host plants in open grassy areas.
  7. Conservation: The Ruby Tiger moth is not considered globally threatened and is generally a common species throughout its range. However, like many moth species, it may face localized threats from habitat loss, pesticide use, and other factors impacting its larval host plants and adult habitat.

Overall, the Ruby Tiger moth is a beautiful and distinctive species with its bright red coloration and furry appearance, adding to the diversity of moths found in various habitats across its range.

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