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Butterfly Conservation

Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Cornwall Branch

Cornish Residents

Cornwall is special for butterflies. It has 38 species, made up of 35 residents, 3 regular migrants.

See images to right. Click thumbnails for a larger image.

Regular migrants

Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady and Red Admiral (amongst others).

Identifying a butterfly

If you need help identifying a butterfly then the main Butterfly Conservation website may be able to help you. Click here to access the help pages.

Large Skipper Silver Studded Blue

Silver-studded Blue

Plebejus argus

© Phil Boggis


Gonepteryx rhamni

© Philip Hambly

Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper

Erynnis tages

© Leon Truscott

Green Hairstreak

Green Hairstreak

Callophrys rubi

© Leon Truscott

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta © CBC

Green-veined White

Pieris napi © CBC

Small Skipper Orange Tip

Orange Tip

Anthocharis cardamines

© Leon Truscott



Aglais io © Leon Truscott



Polygonia c-album © CBC

Small Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris © CBC

Large Skipper

Ochlodes sylvanus © CBC

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae © CBC

Grizzled Skipper

Pyrgus malvae


Large White

Pieris brassicae © CBC

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Boloria euphrosyne

© Jim Barker

Pear-bordered Fritillary Dark Green Fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary

Argynnis aglaja


Speckled Wood

Pararge aegeria


Speckled Wood Grayling


Hipparchia semele © CBC



Pyronia tithonus




Aphantopus hyperantus ©CBC

Meadow Brown

Maniola jurtina © CBC

Meadow Brown Small Heath

Small Heath

Coenonympha pamphilus © CBC

Common Blue

Polyommatus icarus © CBC

Common Blue

Small White

Pieris rapae

© Jim Barker

Small White Brimstone

Holly Blue

Celastrina argiolus

© Philip Hambly

Holly Blue

Purple Hairstreak

Favonius quercus

© Philip Hambly

Purple Hairstreak

Butterfly flight calendar

When are butterflies in flight during the year?

Click here for an Excel file showing when each species is flying.

Small Copper

Lycaena phlaeas © CBC

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Boloria selene © CBC

Silver-washed Fritillary

Argynnis paphia © CBC

Marsh Fritillary

Euphydryas aurinia


Heath Fritillary

Melitaea athalia © CBC

Wall Brown

Lasiommata megera © CBC

Marbled White

Melanargia galathea © CBC

Brown Argus

Aricia agestis


Butterfly Conservation’s prime purpose is the conservation of wild populations of butterflies, moths and their habitats in the United Kingdom. This entails encouraging people to observe, appreciate and understand the needs of living insects.

Butterflies and moths are in steep decline, largely due to the loss and fragmentation of their habitats combined with changes in habitat management. Most conservation effort is directed at conserving habitats and allowing species to respond or re-colonise naturally.

Collecting, breeding and releasing butterflies: the view of Butterfly Conservation

Please read the Joint Statement issued by Butterfly Conservation and Cornwall Branch.

Clouded Yellow

Colias croceus

© Philip Hambly

Clouded Yellow Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui © Philip Hambly

Large White

Butterflies in winter

Found a butterfly in your house during winter? Many people come across a butterfly in their home or shed and don’t know what to do about it. Here is some useful information on why they are there and what to do with them.