Cornwall day-flying moths – Burnet moths
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What’s that red and black butterfly? It’s that time of year again when we are often asked this question by people we meet whilst out taking photographs. They are the Five (shown above left) and Six-spot Burnet (shown above right) … Read More

Cornwall moths: Synaphe punctalis
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Lots of the Pyralid moth Synaphe punctalis were disturbed when walking around the well known Porthgwarra coastal bird-watching point near Land’s End last week. Some were very well marked but proved difficult to photograph amongst the grasses until one landed … Read More

Cornwall Moths
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This plume moth was photographed yesterday on a cliff ledge at Kynance Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall. There seems a strong possibility that it may have been the rare migant Oxyptilus laetus. However, because of its similarities with other … Read More

More Hummingbird Hawk-moths at Fistral beach in Newquay
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A total of five Hummingbird Hawk-moths were seen nectaring on Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) on roads alongside the golf course behind Fistral beach in Newquay last Sunday. They would have found it much easier to feed if the wind hadn’t … Read More

Cornwall moths
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The cryptic design of moths never ceases to amaze! This Dagger species was sitting on a fence post barely three feet in front of us and despite spending twenty minutes trying to photograph a parisitoid wasp that repeatedly passed over … Read More

Orchard Ermine moths emerge from silk web pupae
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Moths have started to emerge from the pupae collected on the silk webs last week at Poldhu Cove on The Lizard – see post. As expected, they are a species of Ermine moth. Although not 100% certain, all the evidence … Read More

Silk webs on Blackthorn
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The moth caterpillars responsible for spinning these extensive silk webs coating Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) at Poldhu Cove on The Lizard peninsular in Cornwall at the weekend, had already pupated (shown left). It seems likely they were Orchard Ermine but to … Read More

Cornwall migrant moths – Hummingbird Hawk-moth
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Two Hummingbird Hawk-moths were seen nectaring on Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) at Poldhu Cove on The Lizard peninsular on Saturday (one shown above left). So far this year there haven’t been many to report but in the last few days … Read More

Cornwall moths: Broad-barred White
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This Broad-barred White moth was attracted to light at our flat in Falmouth. A fairly common species here in Cornwall and last year we found its caterpillar feeding on Beaked Hawk’s-beard (Crepis vesicaria) on the slopes above the cliffs at … Read More

Silver Hook moths in Cornwall
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Several Silver Hook were disturbed from sedges during a walk through marshy areas of Penhale Sands, on the north Cornwall coast. It’s a species easily put up during the day and it doesn’t fly far before landing again on a … Read More

Cornwall moths in the hedgerows at Rosemullion Head
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The hedgerows leading down to Rosemullion Head, near the Helford River in Cornwall, were alive yesterday afternoon with Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata) moths. We can’t recall ever before seeing so many of this species flying during the day anywhere in … Read More

What’s that red butterfly?
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It’s a day flying The Cinnabar moth. Although normally a nocturnal flyer, The Cinnabar moths are often disturbed during the day when they will flutter weakly a short distance before settling again in the grass. This one was disturbed from … Read More

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