The Tiger Moth Flies About
Have you seen a Tiger Moth flying energetically about in your garden? Tiger Moths love to drink the nectar from wildflowers and prefer an established garden, where they can also eat lichen.
Lichen occurs when fungi and algae grow together. In rainforests and alpine forests it forms a large carpet on the ground. Keep a look out for grey, green or yellow patches on your backyard rocks and trees.
Luckily for the Tiger Moth, most predators know its marked patches of orange and black mean that the moth is distasteful or poisonous.
After dark when its visual signal is useless, the tiger moth emits ultrasonic clicks which can be picked up by insectivorous bats. These clicks warn the bats that the moth is unpleasant to eat, and also jams the bats’ sonar system.
You will find your resident Tiger Moth on plants usually around flowers, around water such as puddles and in the air.
Unlike many other moths, the tiger moth has bright colours on its wings.