Lewisham Council’s nature conservation service have discovered a breeding colony of the colourful moths much further north than they have previously been reported.
The discovery has been welcomed by Lewisham’s deputy mayor.
Councillor Heidi Alexander, the cabinet member for environment, said: ‘They’re so colourful, not how you would imagine moths to be at all.
I am delighted they’ve decided to make the borough their home.’ Jersey wildlife expert Mike Stentiford said the moths were not a rare sight in Jersey, but that their bright colours and the fact that they fly in the daytime made them a stunning sight.
Jersey tiger moths – Euplagia quadripunctaria – look like painted lady butterflies in flight, but once settled appear black with delicate white striping.