Emerging Angle Shades moth (Phlogophora meticulosa)

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This Angle Shades moth emerged from its pupa on the 11th April. The caterpillar was found in the garden on March 8th and brought inside to rear through. Despite being an easily reared species and one that is both common … Read More

Cornish pollution and oiled seabirds

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For the second time in recent months hundreds of seabirds have been washed up on Cornish beaches covered in an oily substance. The species most commonly suffering from this pollution appear to be mainly Guillemots and Razorbills. These are common … Read More

Cornwall Lepidoptera Breeding Group

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An exciting new Cornwall butterfly and moth breeding group has been set up. The main aims of the group are to establish a centre where the methods of breeding native Cornish species of lepidoptera can be learnt and then passed … Read More

Extreme Easter weather in Cornwall

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Rare Cornish bird sighting. Well, perhaps not strictly accurate, as Black-headed Gulls, Larus ridibundus, are one of the most common Gulls in Cornwall. But when was the last time a summer plumaged Black- headed Gull was seen standing on ice … Read More

Drake Common Scoter

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It’s not every day that you find yourself feeding a Common Scoter with bread! This Drake Common Scoter made the short flight from Falmouth Bay into the brackish water of Swanpool lake. Unusually for a deep water diving duck it … Read More

Adders at Porthcurno Beach

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During a trip to Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall last week the sun actually did come out! In fact it shone for most of the time and to prove it this adder was seen sunning itself beside the coastal path. Despite the … Read More

Hatched Stick-insect nymphs

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In the last week eggs laid by a Stick-insect found in the house last summer have begun hatching. The parent Unarmed Stick-insect, Acanthoxyla inermis, had climbed up the side of the building and entered through an open first floor window. … Read More

First butterflies of 2013

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First butterfly of the year! – 4 Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae, have been seen in and around our Falmouth garden over the last couple of days (8/9 March). Worringly these are our first butterflies of the year! Normally by now … Read More

Bright Green Caterpillar

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A caterpillar of the Angle Shades moth, Phlogophora meticulosa, was dug up while preparing the vegetable bed for planting of early lettuces. Caterpillar vegetable pests Other green caterpillars can be seen in the caterpillar galleries Butterfly caterpillar gallery Despite being … Read More

Great Northern Divers, Gavia immer

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Up to three of these large Divers have been feeding in Newlyn Harbour since Christmas. They appear to be feeding mostly on crabs in the narrow channel away from the moored up Newlyn fishing fleet on the Western side of … Read More

Oystecatchers at Sennen Cove

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Gales have hit Cornwall in recent days and created some big seas. At Sennen these Oystercatchers were continually being disturbed by breaking swells hitting their normally safe high tide resting place. In calmer weather the beach in Sennen Cove is … Read More

Over wintering Stick-insects

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Despite sub zero temperatures a fully grown Unarmed Stick-insect was found in our garden this afternoon. Here, in the far south west of Cornwall, this is the first cold spell of the winter. Malcom Lee of the Phasmid Society informed … Read More

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