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Purple Tiger

Rhyparia purpurata


The Purple Tiger (Rhyparia purpurata) is a moth of the family Arctiidae. The length of the forewings is 18–22 mm for males and 22–25 mm for females. The moth flies June to August depending on the location. The larvae feed on Calluna and sometimes other herbaceous plants and deciduous trees.


It is found in Europe, Anatolia, Syria, Transcaucasus, Central Asia (mainly in Kazakhstan and Kyrghyzstan), South Siberia, Mongolia, Amur Region, northern China, Korea and Japan (Honshu).

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Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

This moth has a bit of a silly name! I wonder if whoever named it was referring to the grayish-brown specks on the forewings. Here is a photo with the hindwings hidden:

Полошки Регион, Macedonia

Lat: 41.65, Long: 20.74

Spotted on Jul 5, 2013
Submitted on Jul 5, 2013

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