A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula


Buff-tip caterpillar by Ben Sale, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5Adult 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, the-lizard.org, 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 CarpetWatch 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: Alastair Rae (via Wikimedia Commons)

Garden Tiger

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