A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Poplar Hawk-moth

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

Privet Hawkmoth

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