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Stinging South American caterpillars

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This fascinating caterpillar sighting was made in Guyana, South America. Andrea Stephenson recorded as many as twenty caterpillars known locally as Hairy Worms feeding on her juniper tree. These 2.5 inch long, distinctively marked caterpillars appeared harmless enough but the … Read More

Brown Argus butterflies at Penhale Sands Cornwall

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Several species of butterfly appear to be having a very good year in Cornwall. This mating pair of Brown Argus were two of many seen amongst the dunes at Penhale Sands on the North Cornish coast. The first Common Blues … Read More

First Holly Blue Butterfly of the year

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Our first Holly Blue of the year was seen in the garden on the 26th March. 6th species of the year – only 52 to go! As so often with this species it stopped only briefly giving little opportunity to … Read More

Speckled Wood Butterfly on The Lizard, Cornwall – 5th butterfly species of the year

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Only another 53 butterfly species to go! This Speckled Wood seen on the 24th March was my 5th butterfly species of the year.  Following overwintering butterflies such as Small Tortoiseshell,  Peacock, Brimstone and Comma this Speckled Wood was the first … Read More

Cabilla Wood Butterflies in February

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A trip to Cabilla Wood, near Bodmin in Cornwall at the weekend to photograph Brimstone Butterflies couldn’t have turned out much better considering it’s still only February. To see over 30 of these stunning butterflies on a walk along the … Read More

Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly

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A February trip to Cabilla Wood, near Bodmin in Cornwall to photograph early Brimstone Butterflies had an unexpected bonus instore. While ‘trying’ to take photos of Brimstones flitting from primrose to primrose in an open glade alongside the River Fowey … Read More

Peacock butterflies at Kynance Cove

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The February sunshine encouraged two overwintering Peacock butterflies to sunbath on the path leading down to Kynance Cove in south west Cornwall. Stunning butterflies in an equally beautiful setting. Another Peacock was seen the following day at Flushing on the … Read More

A January Butterfly

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A Small Tortoiseshell found fluttering in the bathroom is my first butterfly of the year. A welcome sight despite the butterfly having been prematurely aroused from its overwintering slumber by the warmth of the central heating. Without any nectaring sources … Read More

Eider Ducks in Cornwall

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Five Common Eider Ducks were feeding on crabs in Newlyn Harbour yesterday. It was fascinating watching the ducks surface with extremely lively crabs and to try to eat them before the waiting gulls could snatch them away. All were immature … Read More

Seals on Cornish beach

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Over 200 Grey Seals were hauled out at Mutton Cove, Godrevy in Cornwall last week. They seem to be doing well as we only saw half that number in January a few years ago. This is still one of our … Read More

The Lappet Moth (Gastropacha quercifolia)

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  A Lappet moth was one of the highlights of a successful moth course run by David Brown at the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre and Reserve. This cryptically camouflaged moth was attracted to light and photographed by June Clouston … Read More

Extensive webs of tiny caterpillars in hedges and trees

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  Extensive caterpillar webs of several species of tiny Ermine Moth, micro moth family Yponomeutidae, are being sighted in many parts of the UK. The small caterpillars of Ermine species are often difficult to identify, particularly when inside the silk … Read More

Caterpillars eating lilies and amaryllis

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Convict Caterpillars eating lilies and amaryllis. In recent days there have been several sightings from Florida in the US of the Convict Moth caterpillar. These are the boldly marked black and white striped caterpillars of the Spanish Moth (Xanthopastis regnatrix) … Read More

Green caterpillar on broccoli from Spain

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Spanish caterpillar on broccoli This green caterpillar of the Small White Butterfly, Artopeia rapae, was found by Katie Stainwright on broccoli imported into the UK from Spain . The butterfly also occurs in the UK and can be a pest … Read More

Caterpillars in May

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May caterpillars In May large numbers of moth and butterfly eggs hatch. These tiny caterpillars feast on the buds and new leaves of a wide variety of plants. As well as these young caterpillars there are also species which have … Read More

Adder or Common European Viper, a snake with black, zig zag markings

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Venomous Adder, Common European Viper, Vipera berus A visit to the dramatic sea cliffs of Porthgwarra, one of Cornwall’s best seawatching and bird migration places, produced a real mix of wildlife. Out at sea hundreds of Manx Shearwaters and Auks … Read More

Early Summer Butterflies – Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma.

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Appropriately for the official first day of Summer several butterflies were sighted in the garden in Falmouth, Cornwall. Pairs of Peacock Butterflies and Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies were in the mood for courting. A single Comma Butterfly tried to join in … Read More

First Spring Butterflies

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First butterflies of Spring At last, real signs of Spring! For many of us it’s the first butterflies that mean Spring is really here. At the weekend Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies and Peacock Butterflies were seen both at Porthoustock on the … Read More

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