Irish status: Widespread
Garden Tiger - Quite a large moth with a wingspan of 45-65 mm. This moth will feed on nettles and other such herbaceous plants. It is a strikingly beautiful moth with vibrant colour to act as a warning that its body fluids are poisonous. It is a nocturnal moth which is attracted to light. It prefers damp places such as riversides but will also visit grasslands and gardens. This one photographed in Co. Leitrim in early July.