The Jersey tiger moth is a nocturnal insect that belongs to the Lepidoptera order. It comes from the family of Arctiidae, so it can be found in Asian locations. Its name derives from its original appearance and colouring; when it was first discovered, this species had spots on its wings resembling those of a leopard. But this camouflage technique applied by nature did not offer any protection for these insects against predators. This has therefore led to the creation of an alternative defence mechanism: The rearing up of the dorsal lamellae (that cover their wings). When they feel threatened, they raise their heads and display bright colours on their bellies. Another characteristic trait that differentiates this species from other moths is that they have one pair of eyes and three pairs of legs. They also feed on nectar. The Jersey tiger moth remains in the valley from May to September every year. It is a nocturnal insect, so its presence in this area during daytime is impossible because it relies on tactility and scent for its survival since it does not use sight.
This kind of creature uses this natural environment as its breeding ground and stays here from May to September, just before migrating towards colder areas like Europe or Asia where they will spend the winter months until the following spring brings them back to their original habitat in order to start the cycle all over again.
The Valley of Butterflies is a natural prairie in the northern part of the island, which has been one of the most popular attractions for decades. The butterfly habitat offers an enchanting landscape that is dense with vegetation and stunning bridges, cobblestone paths, ponds, and waterfalls. This peaceful environment offers visitors an overall extraordinary experience.
This forest hosts an array of flora and fauna, including a rare plant named the Oriental Sweetgum or ''Zitia'' in Greek. Locals affectionately refer to this place as the Valley of Butterflies because it is home to this small creature called Panaxia Quadripunctaria.