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

 

June 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: Terry Thirlaway

 

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

 

This small and delicate butterfly is a protected species due to its serious decline in numbers, but the Lizard is somewhere they are hanging on.
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 butterflyPeacock butterflies emerge into the sunshine from their winter sleep in the spring.
Photo: Terry Thirlaway

Peacock butterflyWhile butterflies and moths are not generally as efficient pollinators as some other insects, they do their bit. Read on to find out more.
Photo: Terry Thirlaway

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