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

South African wildlife holiday

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It may be unseasonably mild here in Cornwall but the rain and strong winds don’t exactly inspire one to get out. At times like this thoughts turn to past sunny holidays abroad. One of our most memorable one was to … Read More

Cornish Stick-insects

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This Unarmed Stick-insect,Acanthoxyla inermis, found on the 12th October is only the 2nd in the garden this year. In past years they’ve been found in all parts of the garden and even turned up in first floor bedrooms as winter … Read More

Grey Seals at West Pentire

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If ever we needed reminding the weather and the seasons change rapidly here in south west Cornwall then the last few days have demonstrated it. This seal and several others were watched leisurely swimming in crystal clear water at West … Read More

A pair of Spectacles found inside National Trusts Poltesco Capstan House

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Caerleon Cove, Poltesco on the Lizard, Cornwall is managed by the National Trust and one of our favourite places to photograph wildlife. Its diverse surrounding habitat of sea cliffs, heathland and deciduous woodland always seem to provide a good list … Read More

Death’s-head Hawkmoth caterpillars in the UK

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The first migrant Death’s-head Hawkmoth caterpillar (Acherontia atropos), sighting of the year arrived this week from Joanna Turton in Hertfordshire. As is customary it was greeted by a ‘oh, what a pity, why couldn’t it have been in my garden’ … Read More

What is the most common garden caterpillar in the UK?

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It seems appropriate that the 500th caterpillar enquiry of the year was for an Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar, Deilephila elpenor. Ever since the Wildlife Insight website went live, 5 years ago, the Elephant Hawk-moth has been the most commonly enquired about … Read More

Hairy Dagger caterpillars

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The commonest hairy caterpillar being sighted from many American States at the moment seems to be the caterpillar of the American Dagger Moth, Acronicta Americana. These wonderfully hairy caterpillars may look cuddly enough but their hairs have been known to … Read More

Defoliating box tree caterpillars in the UK

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The box tree caterpillars of the Pyralid moth Cydalima perspectalis featured in a latest sighting earlier in the year from outside Paris, France (French caterpillar pest) are now reported to be breeding in many gardens in the south east. The … Read More

African hairy caterpillar

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This photo of an amazingly hairy caterpillar, estimated at well over 100 mm in length, was taken in Malawi, Africa by Carter M. Chaisson and sent in by her friend Weston Lipka. I’ve received photos of some astonishing looking caterpillars … Read More

American Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar in UK

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When this emailed photo arrived I assumed it was of a species of Tiger Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar from either Canada or the USA. The very similar Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Western Swallowtail are common butterflies in North … Read More

Striped Hawk-moth caterpillar on the Roseland in Cornwall

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This sighting of a splendid Striped Hawk-moth caterpillar (Hyles livornica) came about thanks to an identification enquiry received from Gareth Marshall who was holidaying on the Roseland Peninsular in Cornwall. It’s the first time I’ve ever been on a caterpillar … Read More

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