Clouded Yellow butterflies on the Lizard Peninsula and in Falmouth

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Numbers of migrant Clouded Yellow butterflies in south west Cornwall have been low this year. Certainly not a Clouded Yellow Year compared to 2014 when we were lucky to witness the spectacular sight of hundreds in a single field by … Read More

American Painted Lady in Cornwall

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This American Painted Lady butterfly, Vanessa virginiensis, a very rare butterfly for the UK, was recorded and photographed by Rowena Castillo-Nicholls and husband Rob at Nare Head on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall on the 20th September. Rowena is a … Read More

Striking form of Cornish Vapourer moth larva

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In the South West of Cornwall the larvae of the Vapourer Moth that inhabit the moorland regions have yellow setae and pale yellow or pale orange markings. The one featured with unusual bold, rusty orange dorsum markings was recorded by … Read More

Early Jersey Tiger Moths in Cornish garden

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Good to see Jersey Tigers again in our garden in South West Cornwall.  This will be the third successive breeding year of this spectacular species since they first arrived in the garden as migrants in August 2019. This year the … Read More

Butterflies arrive from warmer countries

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Unexpectedly high numbers of Painted Lady butterflies were seen yesterday on a coastal site on the Lizard Peninsula, in South Cornwall. Since the southerly winds that had brought the large numbers of migrant Striped Hawkmoths had been replaced for over … Read More

Marsh Fritillary butterflies in Cornwall

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This time of year the Cornish coastline is looking its best. Rugged cliffs and blue seas providing as stunning backdrop to a rich diversity of colouful plants. Not surprisingly these plants support a wide diversity of common and rare insects. … Read More

Striped Hawkmoth migration

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The last week has seen a large number of magnificent Striped Hawkmoths, Hyles livornica, arrive in the Uk. Assisted by favourable southerly winds blowing in from the continent these fabulous moths first arrived along the south coast and are now … Read More

Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies in Cornwall

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This pair of Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies, Bolaria euphrosyne, were photographed at Fellover Brake, Tuckingmill, Cornwall during the week. Several others were seen flying low over the bracken when ever the sun broke through the clouds. This is the earliest flying … Read More

Male and female Jersey Mocha moths

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Male and female Jersey Mochas have emerged from the overwintered pupae of caterpillars reared last year. The eggs had been laid by a migrant Jersey Mocha attracted to light on the Lizard Peninsular by John Foster. Records of this species … Read More

Red Admiral butterfly caterpillars building nettle tents

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Red Admiral caterpillars have been busy over the last few weeks constructing their nettle tents in our Cornish garden. Several are fully grown now and it was fascinating to watch a pale form of the caterpillar construct its final nettle … Read More

Scarlet Tiger caterpillars on Green Alkanet

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Hopes are high for the stunning sight of large numbers of brightly coloured Scarlet Tiger Moths later in the summer. This species is prone to sudden explosions in numbers and the many recent reports of their caterpillars from the southern … Read More

Comma butterfly at Penhale Dunes, Cornwall

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This Comma butterfly seen basking in warm sunshine at Penhale Dunes on the North coast of Cornwall was one of several seen in the last week at different Cornish locations. Other March sightings included ones in Falmouth and Glendurgan Gardens … Read More

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