Silver-studded Blue butterfly in Cornwall
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A very fresh male Silver-studded Blue was flying amongst the Common Blue and Brown Argus butterflies at Glanville’s (Pennans) Field near Penhale Dunes on the 1st of June. This stunning butterfly stood out boldly from the already fast fading other … Read More

What’s that white butterfly with orange wingtips?
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This is the appropriately named Orange-tip butterfly which is on the wing at the moment. It’s only the male Orange-tip that has orange tips to its forewings and the plainer female can easily be mistaken for either a Small White … Read More

What’s the difference between Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies?
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These two fritillaries are very similar and although the Pearl-bordered is much scarcer than the Small Pearl-bordered there are sites where they occur in the same habitat and their flight periods overlap. These are the earliest fritillary butterfly species to … Read More

British Butterflies: Holly Blue
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The first Holly Blue of the year was briefly seen in the garden this morning. See Holly Blue life cycle, identification, caterpillars, chrysalis and eggs We always look forward to seeing this early emerging species as it isn’t one of … Read More

British butterflies: Peacock
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After the first 2012 national record of a Speckled Wood in the garden on 13 January (Phenology: early record of Speckled Wood butterfly) things have quietened down a little. However, a few Peacock butterflies have emerged from hibernation in the … Read More

Phenology: early record of Speckled Wood butterfly
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Nature’s calender seems to be all over the place at the moment here in sunny Cornwall. Yesterday we had our first butterfly of the year in our Falmouth garden. What was so surprising was that it was a Speckled Wood, … Read More

Migrant Butterflies: Red Admiral
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Red Admirals have been seen in good numbers in the south west of Cornwall in recent weeks and six were in the garden yesterday feeding on heather. The weather has been very unsettled of late with wind directions fluctuating wildly … Read More

Small Tortoiseshell butterflies feeding on heathers
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Click on the link below to see a short video of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies feeding on heathers in the sunshine in the garden yesterday. There were up to four of these beautiful butterflies at any time, all feeding furiously on … Read More

Cornwall butterflies: Peacock
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Despite it being a regular occurence it always seems strange to see butterflies on a windswept rocky shoreline often within a few feet of breaking waves. This very fresh looking Peacock, which has to be one of the most beautiful … Read More

Cornwall Butterflies: Holly Blue
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The second generation of Holly Blues are still flying in good numbers here in Falmouth. This pair was seen on a hedge bordering our garden and we will be keeping a close eye out during the next few weeks for … Read More

Migrant butterflies: Painted Lady in Falmouth garden
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Numbers of migrant butterflies appear to be generally low for this time of year in Cornwall. This Painted Lady came to our garden last week and was in pretty good condition.

Cornwall butterflies: Small Skipper at Windmill Farm
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Lots of Small Skippers were flying amonst the long grass and feeding on the flowers of Bramble or Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus agg.) and Common Knapweed at Windmill Farn Nature Reserve on The Lizard in Cornwall at the weekend. Insight into … Read More

Cornwall Butterflies: Clouded Yellow
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This worn Clouded Yellow butterfly was seen outside the Minack Theatre near Land’s End in Cornwall. While the hoards of camera-wielding foreign tourists were busily taking shots of the approach to the world famous open-air theatre we were running up … Read More

British butterflies: Siver-studded Blue
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Silver-studded Blues appear to have a had a very good year at Penhale sands on the North Cornish coast in 2011. Following good counts of caterpillars reported in our searching for butterfly caterpillars post in early May we have in … Read More

British butterflies: Holly Blue
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The second generation of Holly Blue butterflies in the south west of Cornwall has already emerged and our first was seen last week along the cliff top hedges between Rosemullion Head and the Helford River. Hopefully we will be more … Read More

Cornwall Butterflies – Dark Green Fritillaries
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Lots of these fritillaries were flying in the bright sunshine yesterday at Penhale on the North Cornish coast. As seems often the case they were continually on the move, only fleetingly settling but not long enough to stand any chance … Read More

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