Big orange tigers with black and white stripes flying around Hackney!

If you happen to have seen a large, bright orange 'butterfly' recently you have probably seen a Jersey Tiger moth. These day flying beauties have been popping up all over London thanks to the warm winter allowing caterpillars to survive.  There has been a small population in London for about 10 years but in warm summers after mild winters the numbers swell. 

These amazing looking moths fly by day so can be seen in parks and gardens. They are also attracted to light at night and I had one in the bedroom last night.

So far people have reported them from Victoria Park, Stamford Hill, Clissold Park and Dalston (as well as Woodford Green, Camden and Canary Wharf).

If you have seen one post a comment with details of when and where; or record it directly on iRecord.

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