An early morning visit to the moth trap was again disappointing but I did see my only Small Elephant Hawk-moth of the year so far with a Peppered moth looking like he was on Saturn.
The Lizard in Cornwall is one of those special places with designated areas of natural beauty from the most southerly tip of the UK,the SW coastal walk to the plethora of endemic and rare plant species only found here and nowhere else in the world because the rocks of this area are totally different to the rest of Cornwall.
A personal favourite is the National Trust site at Keynance where £4 of car park fee gives the whole family one of the most scenic places in Cornwall. I usually go to this place either to feast on the late Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries or later in the season their big brothers the Dark Green Fritillaries that must be close to emergence. Other specialities on this site are the Grayling and Wall as well as the July Belle Moth. Passing Clouded Yellow is another favourite with f helice seen here before.
It was very obvious that we were to early for these species but the feast of watching the continual flights of the SPBF is a pleasure within itself.
We usually walk past the toilets in a southerly direction and park ourselves in the area called Yellow Carn next to the SW coastal path. Immediately in front of you looking back in the direction of the toilet is a patch of grassy ground next to a stonewall covered in exotic plants with the adjacent area being Heather based with the exotic Cornish Heath as the endemic plant and Bell Heather that always has the odd plant in flowers where the butterfly is always in the wrong position for a shot. Switching between both sides of the stonewall is the habitat of the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary which almost feels like a totally different species compared to that found at places like Bentley Wood.
One year I watched them for an hour as they passed over the grassy area in high winds in the direction of the sheer drop behind us only to be lifted by the up draught of the wind back to the beginning of the grassy area to do it all again. These insects were doing the best act ever at playing.
One thing noticeable with all the sites visited was the beautiful condition of the butterfly areas and perhaps some of that was due to the cattle on site.
From our favoured position I just go out on sorties to see what is about and with the lack of some species decided to take the odd shots of insects, which again are specialists to this area.
Tomorrow my last day out at Godrevey Point due to the weather, but a special find made my day, so tune in tomorrow to see what it was.
It gave me a good chance to become an entomologist instead of a lepidopterist for a couple of hours on one of my sorties.
As I found the cow pat with my name on it I should not have been surprised to see the next two flies who rely on the stuff and I'm sure this one is smurking at my misfortune.Now watch that Spear Thistle spike mate!!!