A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

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 caterpillars

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