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Registered Office: Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP

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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.

Butterfly flight calendar

When are butterflies in flight during the year?

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

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 and of course climate change. Most conservation effort is directed at conserving habitats and allowing species to respond or re-colonise naturally.

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.

Species Champions

We are developing a Species Champion programme to increase our knowledge and conservation efforts for species that are poorly understood or at risk in our county. A full description of the program is here.

Dingy Skipper

Dingy Skipper

Erynnis tages

© Leon Truscott

Grizzled Skipper

Pyrgus malvae

© CBC

Grizzled Skipper Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Thymelicus sylvestris © CBC

Orange Tip

Orange-tip

Anthocharis cardamines

© Leon Truscott

Small White

Pieris rapae © CBC

Large White

Pieris brassicae © CBC

Large White

Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni

© Philip Hambly

Brimstone

Wall

Lasiommata megera © CBC

Wall

Clouded Yellow

Colias croceus © Philip Hambly

Clouded Yellow Small Heath

Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus © CBC

Ringlet

Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus

©CBC

Meadow Brown

Maniola jurtina © CBC

Meadow Brown

Marbled White

Melanargia galathea © CBC

Marbled White Grayling

Grayling

Hipparchia semele © CBC

Silver-washed Fritillary

Argynnis paphia © CBC

Silver-washed Fritillary Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta © CBC

Dark Green Fritillary

Argynnis aglaja

© C Poland

Dark Green Fritillary

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Boloria euphrosyne

© C Poland

Pearl-bordered Fritillary Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae © CBC

Peacock

Peacock

Aglais io © Leon Truscott

Comma

Comma

Polygonia c-album © CBC

Heath Fritillary

Melitaea athalia © CBC

Heath Fritillary Small Copper

Small Copper

Lycaena phlaeas © CBC

Purple Hairstreak

Favonius quercus

© Philip Hambly

Purple Hairstreak

Holly Blue

Celastrina argiolus

© Philip Hambly

Holly Blue Silver Studded Blue

Silver-studded Blue

Plebejus argus

© Phil Boggis

Common Blue

Common Blue

Polyommatus icarus © CBC

Large Skipper

Large Skipper

Ochlodes sylvanus © CBC

Green-veined White

Green-veined White

Pieris napi © CBC

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

Pyronia tithonus

© CBC

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Boloria selene

© CBC

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

© Philip Hambly

Marsh Fritillary

Marsh Fritillary

Euphydryas aurinia

© CBC

Green Hairstreak

Green Hairstreak

Callophrys rubi

© Leon Truscott

Brown Argus

Brown Argus

Aricia agestis

© CBC

White-letter Hairstreak

Satyrium w-album © Iain Leach

Speckled Wood

Pararge aegeria © CBC

Speckled Wood