Boathouse Gem

Thysanoplusia daubeiMark Tunmore of Atropos discovered the migrant moth Thysanoplusia daubei (the Boathouse Gem) at Church Cove on the Lizard in 2014 - the first record for Britain!  
Photo: Mark Tunmore


Buff-tip caterpillar by Ben Sale, Buff-tips may be experts at disguise, but the brightly coloured caterpillars can’t be missed.
Photo: Ben Sale

Chamomile Shark

We all love the flowers and scent of Chamomile, but so does the caterpillar of the Chamomile Shark moth.
Photo: Ray Surridge


Cinnabar mothCinnabar moths are on the wing from mid-May to early August, and their yellow and black banded caterpillars munch on Ragwort through the summer.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow butterflies are summer visitors, arriving from May to June. The coast is a good place to watch out for them.
Photo: Amanda Scott


Comma (Dougy Wright)The delightful Comma butterfly, with its raggedy wings, can be spotted through the summer months and into early autumn.
Photo: Dougy Wright

Common Blue

The Common Blue is one of the butterflies counted annually in Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Common Heath

Common Heath moth,, CornwallThis day-flying moth species is on the wing in June across heathlands on The Lizard.
Photo: Sarah Board

Emperor Moth

Emperor Moth, Windmill Farm, wildlife

The spectacular Emperor moth is on the wing in April and May. 
Photo: Emily Hobson

Galium Carpet

Galium Carpet by Leon TruscottWatch out round the coast for the prettily-patterned Galium Carpet moth throughout the summer. Although nocturnal, it can be spotted when disturbed from its daytime resting places.
Photo: Leon Truscott

Garden Tiger

Garden Tiger caterpillarGarden Tiger caterpillars are known as Woolly Bears, for obvious reasons.
Photo: Steve Townsend


GatekeeperLate July and early August is the peak time for the chocolate and orange Gatekeeper butterfly. Look out for them round hedgerows and scrubby areas.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Grass Eggar

Grass Eggar caterpillarThe sea-cliffs of the south-west, including those of The Lizard, are among the best places to find the Grass Eggar moth, a nationally scarce species. 
Photo: Wikimedia Commons 


GraylingGrayling butterflies require plenty of bare earth for basking, so watch out for them in later summer along the trackways of the Lizard Downs. They are on the wing into September.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Hummingbird Hawk-moths are migratory visitors to The Lizard in good summers.
Photo: Ray Surridge

Lackey moth

Lackey moth caterpillarsJune is the main time of year to watch out for webs of Lackey moth caterpillars: hawthorn and blackthorn shrubs are good places to look.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Large Skipper

Watch out for Large Skippers from May to September in meadows, and in woodland rides and glades.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Marsh Fritillary

This small and delicate butterfly is a protected species due to its serious decline in numbers, but The Lizard is one of their strongholds. Find them on Mullion Cliffs or Goonhilly.
Photo: Amanda Scott


Male Orange tip 128Orange-tips can be seen on the wing along the hedgerows and verges as the weather becomes warmer in mid- to late spring.
Photo: Andreas Eichler


Peacock butterflies emerge into the sunshine from their winter sleep in the spring.
Photo: © Natural England/Paul Lacey

Poplar Hawk-moth

Poplar Hawk-moth caterpillars will happily munch their way through willow (Salix sp.).
Photo: Ray Surridge

Privet Hawk-moth

Privet HawkmothThis lovely Privet Hawkmoth was spotted at Caerthillian, resting on a fence.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Purple Hairstreak

Purple Hairstreak, Favonius quercus, Cornwall, The Lizard, butterflyThis pretty butterfly is not uncommon, but hard to spot as it spends most of its time flying at the tops of oak trees. You might see one in July to August, when they occasionally come down to feed on bramble nectar; they have been seen at Erisey Barton on The Lizard.
Photo: Sharp Photography (via Wiki Commons)

Red Admiral

The migratory Red Admiral butterfly can be spotted from spring until winter in the milder climate of the south-west.
Photo: Amanda Scott


Ringlet, by AllanDrewittRinglets may not be as showy as some other butterflies, but they have their own gentle charm.
Photo: © Allan Drewitt/Natural England

Silver-washed Fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary, butterfly, The LizardThe Silver-washed Fritillary is the largest of the UK Fritillaries. Look out for it at the height of summer, in July and August.
Photo: Ray Surridge

Six-spot Burnet Moth

Six-spot Burnet MothThis day-flying moth is a common sight in mid- to late summer, with its flashes of red colour amongst the knapweed and thistles.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Small Copper

The fast-flying Small Copper is on the wing into autumn; watch out on warmer days for its coppery colours.
Photo: Ray Surridge

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

On the Lizard, this pretty butterfly is mainly a coastal species.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Small Tortoiseshell

Small TortoiseshellSmall Tortoiseshells usually produce two broods in a year, and so a second-generation of adults emerges in August.
Photo: Amanda Scott

Speckled Wood

Speckled Woods can be spotted in the shadier habitats of The Lizard. Flying from May to October, this is one of the butterflies that brightens the days into early autumn.
Photo: Ray Surridge

The Drinker

Drinker moth caterpillarCaterpillars of the Drinker moth can be seen emerging in the spring, getting ready to pupate in June. Look for the tuft of hair at each end.
Photo: Charles J Sharp (via Wikimedia Commons)

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