A beautuful butterfly was noticed in Chernobyl

The Chernobyl tragedy, which happened on 26 April 1986, cannot be forgotten. The accident had a major impact on the human population, as well as environment. We should mention the “Red Forest”, the area that received the highest doses of radiation. It seemed the life stopped there forever. But today the wildlife is thriving in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Here, you can see rare and endangered animals and plants. The Chernobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve showed a picture of a huge butterfly, found in the exclusion zone.

Garden tiger moth
Photo: Arctia caja. The Chernobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve

Arctia caja, also known as the “garden tiger moth” is one of the Arctiidae moths can be found in large parts of the world including Europe and North-America. This species prefers numerous types of wild habitat, from grasslands to forests. The only constant quality of a habitat for these animals is that it must be seasonal and cool. The Garden Tiger caterpillar is also known as the Woolly Bear. Like typical Arctiids, the caterpillars are hairy in appearance.  The hairs act as a deterrent to birds and provide some protection against parasitic flies and wasps. The garden tiger moth has a wingspan of 45 to 65 millimeters. Each moth has different looking spots on the wings, so this means each individual is unique looking.