Butterflies and more
Take a stroll in the sunshine and see what butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies or moths you glimpse as you go.
What to look for out of the window:
This common butterfly can use the dramatic eye spot patterns on its wings to scare off predators such as birds.
This widespread butterfly usually migrates to the UK each summer from central Europe.
What to look for in the garden:
Look out for the yellow and blue markings that distinguish this butterfly from the similar looking painted lady.
The male butterfly is unmistakeable; white with bright orange tips to its wings. The female has grey-black wingtips not orange. They can be found feeding on nectar in a wide variety of habitats.
This moth could easily be mistaken for the humming bird it’s named after. With a 4cm wing span, this summer visitor from Europe feeds on nectar with a long proboscis and makes an audible hum when it flies.
Sometimes these well camouflaged moths can be found resting in the day, but they really come to life after midnight.
What to look for in woodland:
Look out for these common butterflies in sunny glades. They feed on honeydew produced by aphids in the tree tops and are rarely seen feeding on flowers.
These butterflies are found exclusively in woodland, although they are not easy to spot. Adults often feed on bramble flowers in sun dappled clearings.
This large, fast-flying butterfly also likes to feed on bramble flowers. They prefer oak woodland, like that found at Lydford Gorge, to breed in.
This is the most common of the blue butterflies found in UK woodlands. It can be distinguished from the common blue by the lack of orange dots on the undersides of the wings.
The key identification feature of this butterfly is its ragged looking shape.
What to look for by the river:
These large striking dragonflies are usually found around streams and rivers. Can you spot their bright green eyes? In this species the male and female look similar.
These emerald damselflies are usually seen flitting around the banks of the river. The males are emerald while the females are golden - being harder to spot they have a better chance of mating and laying eggs.