Are there sharks in Cornwall?
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Yes, you’re probably thinking Blue Shark (Prionace glauca), Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) and Porbeagle Shark (Lamna nasus) that do frequent Cornish waters but I’m talking about these sharks that were attracted to a garden light! The Chamomile Shark (Cucullia chamomillae) … Read More

The joys of macro photography!
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This image of the tiny moth Incurvaria masculella says it all. The trouble you take to first find your tiny creature, then get it to behave and finally get the camera to perform, only to find once the images are … Read More

Australian Light Brown Apple Moth here in Cornwall
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Amongst recent moth sightings here in Falmouth, Cornwall have been several specimens of the recent colonist from Australia: the Light Brown Apple Moth. Thought to have been accidentally imported into Cornwall in the 1930s this highly variable little moth is … Read More

British day-flying moths in Cornwall: Pyrausta cingulata
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Moths are often looked upon as the poor relative to butterflies but they are in fact far more numerous with over 2,500 species recorded in the UK compared to about 60 butterfly species. They are also considered by many to … Read More

Pine Beauty moth recorded in Flushing, Falmouth in Cornwall
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John Cooke attracted this Pine Beauty moth to light in his garden. Overnight she laid eggs, some of which had stuck to her wings. The eggs will be held, the emergent caterpillars reared through and the adult moths then released … Read More

What’s that small yellow butterfly?
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In fact, it’s a daytime flying moth. Our first Speckled Yellow (Pseudopanthera macularia) moth of the year was seen flying along a cliff top hedgerow over-looking the Helford River in Cornwall. It didn’t settle for a photo so this is … Read More

Male Emperor Moth Seen at St Gothian Sands LNR in Cornwall
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Emperor Moths are on the wing again and yesterday afternoon we saw our first male of the year flying quickly over bramble at St Gothian Sands Local Nature Reserve on the North Cornwall Coast. Insight: Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) males … Read More

Rare moth in Cornwall at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on The Lizard
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Lots of these tiny daytime flying moths, Adela cuprella, were feeding on sallows. Although there appear to be few records for VC1 this may be due to under-recording. Insight: Adela cuprella is one of the family of micro moths often … Read More

A Gorse Bud Moth near the Helford Estuary in Cornwall
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The Gorse Moth or Gorse Bud Moth Cydia ulicetana has been well recorded in recent days during our South West Coast Path walks around the Helford Estuary. Insight: Cydia ulicetana is common on moorland and heathland in much of the … Read More

Hebrew Character in Nanquidno Valley by South West Coast Path
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A Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) moth was seen nectaring on sallow blossom during the day in the Nanquidno Valley near Land’s End in Cornwall. It was too far away to photograph so this image is from our library. Insight: This … Read More

A Falmouth Moth!
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More in hope than expectation the 15 watt actinic light was left to run for the first time overnight. A single Acleris cristana was the only moth but at least it’s a start. Insight: Acleris cristana is a micro moth … Read More

Moth: The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix)
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Common name: The Herald Latin name: Scoliopteryx libatrix Family: Noctuidae » Ophiderinae Flies: can be recorded January to December This photo: Marsland valley on the Cornwall and Devon county boundary Insight: Hibernates over winter. Can be one of the last … Read More

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