A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

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, 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 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