A Scarlet Tiger

No! To the best of our knowledge no large striped felines have been on the loose in Lavington. But a large and pretty moth – the scarlet tiger moth has been seen – up on the sands.

Scarlet tiger moth on the sands at Market Lavington

Scarlet tiger moth on the sands at Market Lavington

This one is sitting on a peony seed head and is showing only a hint of the scarlet that gives this moth its name. Moths are four winged and it is the under wings which are scarlet. When resting, like this one is, there is barely and sign of that vivid red colour.

By rights these moths should not be up on well drained, sandy areas. The books (and web sites) all comment on them being found near water.  This one, and a nearby friend, were well away from anything more than a small garden pond.

Not one,  but two of them

Not one, but two of them

This second moth also showed just a small hint of scarlet.

We are lucky to get the variety of wildlife we do in the Lavingtons. Long may it continue.

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