Our First Butterfly of the Year Seen at Kennack Sands on The Lizard, Cornwall

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A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was seen briefly sunning itself on a wall sheltered from the cold north-westerly winds on Saturday, 26 February.

Insight: A once very common butterfly throughout the UK, its numbers have declined in recent years partly due, it is thought, to the parasitic fly, Sturmia bella, whose grubs eat the larvae. The butterfly hibernates over winter, typically has two broods and local populations can be swelled by migrants from the continent, so it is a species that it is possible to record at anytime of the year.

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