So the two Painted Lady and two Red Admirals seen basking on the huge granite summit stones of Buttermilk Hill came as quite a surprise.
This has to be one of the most exposed places along Cornwall’s north Atlantic coastline.
Surrounded by rugged moor and heathland we were expecting to see migrant birds not butterflies!
Migrant birds on the day included several Wheatear, lots of Common Whitethroat and a Cuckoo.
On a clear day the views over St Ives Bay to Godrevy Point Lighthouse and Trevose Lighthouse in the distance are worth the walk alone.