Bug of the week: the garden tiger

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Butterflies tend to get all the credit for being beautiful, but some moths can really steal the show. One such species is the garden tiger; it is a showy moth with brilliant loudly patterned wings of orange, blue, cream, and chocolate. The bright colouration of this species lets enemies know: I am NOT good to eat! Bold colourful patter nations like this one are known as aposematic colouring. The larvae of this species are known as ‘wooly bears’, and are a lovely fuzzy brown bumbling creature covered in thousands of long hairs.

 

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