The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Painted Tiger Moth

Fall is the time in Southern California to look for this beautiful tiger moth. With its distinctive gray, wavy, patterned wings and bright orange body, it can be confused with no other. It's during the late spring and summer months when their black haired caterpillars (nick-named “wooly bears”) can be found crawling on the ground during warm nights.

Painted tiger moth - Arachnis picta





As a form of defense, some tiger moths will attempt to look threatening with a wing-up display, showing their brightly colored bodies and hindwing.