Ruby Tiger

Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)

A small reddish moth which can vary from pinkish to pinkish-brown with one or two dark central dots on the forewings. The hindwings are bright pinkish-red with greyish markings. Wingspan 28 to 38mm.

Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)

The caterpillar feeds on various herbaceous plants.

Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)

It flies in two generations, April to June and July to September.It flies during the day or night and is attracted to light. Found in various open habitats, including open woodland, moorland, heathland, and gardens. Widespread and locally common throughout.

Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)

July 2013, rear garden, Staffordshire. Nikon Coolpix P500. © Pete Hillman 2013.

Scarce Footman

Eilema complana

Scarce Footman (Eilema complana)

This footman rests with its wings wrapped and folded close to its body which helps to distinguish it between the Common Footman (Eilema lurideola). Forewing length up to 18mm.

Scarce Footman (Eilema complana)

The caterpillars feed on lichens. The adults are seen July to August, and they are attracted to light. Found in woodland, on heathland and downland. Common and widespread in central and southern England, and Wales, scarce elsewhere.

Photographs of Scarce Footman (Eilema complana) taken in July 2015, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.