Caterpillars on winter vegetables
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The weather may have turned unsettled in south west Cornwall but overwintering Red Admiral butterflies and caterpillars seem to be surviving The occasional Red Admiral butterfly in flight and their caterpillars are now recorded in every month. However, Large White … Read More

Lost Comrades – a sculpture of a Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary egg by Glenn Morris
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Early last year I received a request for a photograph of a Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly egg. Nothing unusual there, except this enquiry hadn’t come from either a conservation body, the editor of a natural history publication or an educational … Read More

Silver-studded Blue butterfly caterpillars
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Several Silver-studded Blue butterfly caterpillars (Plebejus argus) were found on Bird’s-foot Trefoil at the weekend in the sand dunes of Penhale in Cornwall. All were of the green form whereas in past years an almost equal number of the brown … Read More

Pair of Emperor Moths
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An afternoon spent searching amongst the huge expanse of sand dunes at Penhale on the North Cornish Coast was most rewarding. As well as finding the hoped for Grizzled Skippers and Dingy Skippers we came across this pair of magnificent … Read More

Overwintering migrant butterfly and moth caterpillars in Cornwall
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Red Admiral and Silver Y caterpillars overwintering in Cornwall UK Three Red Admiral butterfly caterpillars, Venessa atalanta, and one Silver Y moth caterpillar, Autographa gamma, were found on nettles alongside the Helford Estuary in Cornwall on the 30th of January. … Read More

Kynance Cove Butterfly
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While enjoying the sunshine at the National Trust managed Kynance Cove on the Lizard this Painted Lady butterfly was warming up on the rocks nearby. There doesn’t seem to have been so many this year although we have found a … Read More

Helford Estuary butterflies
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Clouded Yellows and a Stick Insect! The Helford Estuary has again come up with some interesting sightings. Last year we recorded over 200 Clouded Yellow butterflies in one field in October and the same location had four over the weekend, … Read More

Over wintered Red Admiral butterfly caterpillars and chrysalis
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On the 9th April, 15 over wintered migrant Red Admiral caterpillars were found at a coastal location on the Lizard Peninsular, Cornwall. Although unusual to find the caterpillars of a migrant species at this time of year it wasn’t entirely … Read More

Overwintering moths and butterflies survey
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Winter is a quiet time for us butterfly and moth enthusiasts with few species on the wing. But it needn’t be so. As part of a survey to improve our knowledge of over wintering butterfly and moths in Cornwall the … Read More

One of nature’s busiest times
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It’s that time of year when everything seems to be happening at once. Butterflies and moths are emerging from over wintered pupae, caterpillars are feeding voraciously, while others are pupating – and that’s just inside the garden shed! It’s not … Read More

Cornish storms
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Well, what a ‘hurricane’ season this has been for Cornwall – weeks of heavy rain, gales, flooding and mountainous seas. And then suddenly, a brief interlude and 5 Peacock butterflies (inachis io) miraculously emerge from hibernation to bask in the … Read More

Clover feeding butterfly caterpillars
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The Clouded Yellow Butterfly (Colias croceus) caterpillars being reared from collected eggs are growing rapidly and have been joined by an unexpected arrival. Clovers brought in from the garden three weeks ago to feed them happened to have a tiny … Read More

Courting male and female Clouded Yellow butterflies
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The one disappointing thing about seeing lots of Clouded Yellow Butterflies, Colias croceus, is that they rarely sit still with wings open. This is a real shame as they really are magnificent butterflies. Well, for once, a wings open moment … Read More

Clouded Yellow butterfly eggs
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In recent days the influx of Clouded Yellow butterflies from the continent has increased further. Counts in the hundreds have been had at coastal sites in south west Cornwall. The arrivals have included a number of the female form helice. … Read More

Migrant Clouded Yellow butterflies, Colias croceus
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In recent days many parts of the south coast have seen the arrival of good numbers of Clouded Yellow butterflies. This one was one of four sighted at the mouth of the Helford Estuary, in south west Cornwall. This included … Read More

Red Admiral Butterfly egg and chrysalis
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One butterfly that appears to doing well is the stunning Red Admiral Butterfly Despite comparatively low numbers seen earlier in the year the nettle tents containing the caterpillars seem to be quite common now. The Red Admiral Caterpillars are seldom … Read More

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