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So you can see the White-letter Hairstreak in Cornwall, and if you are very lucky, like Mary and Tony Atkinson you may actually spot one in your own back garden, nectaring on German Mint, the first recorded sighting in Cornwall for 30 years.  The individual pictured subsequently flew up into a nearby Wych Elm, of which there are others, together with a Dutch Elm, close by.  Though a close watch has been kept the butterfly has not been spotted since.

This photo was taken by Mary on the 25th July in grid square reference SX3672.  More photos..

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One of the UK’s rarest moths has taken up residence at a country park in Cornwall, Butterfly Conservation has revealed.
The Beautiful Pearl (Agrotera nemoralis), previously found only in Kent, has established a breeding colony in the woodlands at Mount Edgcumbe, near Cremyll, Torpoint.
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Saturday 13th September saw the last field event of the season. Many members have expressed appreciation and thanks for a full and excellent Summer programme.

Now please put this date in your diaries

Saturday 7th March 2015 for the Branch Members’ Day and AGM at St Erme Community Centre  more..

Pearls In The Park



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On the 15th October 2014 Luke Cole informed Butterfly Conservation that his father-in-law, Peter Phillips, had discovered a Swallowtail caterpillar on a Fennel plant in his garden in Hayle at the beginning of October. The attached photo confirms that the identification was correct and I was able to view the chrysalis shortly afterwards.

Congratulations to Luke and Peter for spotting and correctly identifying this caterpillar. There have only ever been a couple of records of the Swallowtail in Cornwall and these have been of dubious origin. The British Swallowtail is resident only on the East Coast of Britain and, in any case, the caterpillar has been identified online as a European Swallowtail. Whilst the most likely explanation for the appearance of the caterpillar is that its parent was bred and released somewhere in Cornwall, there is always the remote possibility that it was the offspring of genuine European migrants. The family who made this exciting discovery as well as Butterfly Conservation members would just love to have the answer to the mystery!

Members will be sad to hear of the death of Steve Basset who passed away at the beginning of December. Many will remember Steve from the early days of the Cornwall Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

Steve was a great supporter of Cornish Butterflies, acted as a Branch committee member for 14 years from 1994 and for 8 of those years carried out the role of Treasurer and Membership Secretary for Cornwall Branch.