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Tiger bonanza

My garden in North Salts, Rye, has gone tiger-mad this year. I won't post a photo of a Jersey Tiger as one was put on this site only a few days ago (unmistakable zebra stripes) but I've been photographing every one I've trapped, as in previous years. Comparing photos, last year I trapped 17 different individuals between July 10th and August 15th. Since July 12th this year there have been 38 different, including a huge catch of 16 on August 7th when it was the commonest moth in the trap!  The many sharp-edged white stripes on black make this one of very few species for which photos can be compared in this way. My longest-known survivor was one I trapped on both July 12th and August 4th 2018, apparently none the worse for wear.

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