Thursday, 30 May 2013

Grizzled Skipper at Penhale

A visit to Penhale this morning was firmly on the agenda.  John Chapple and Kate put me on to what is now a Cornish rarity in the butterfly world.  Grizzled Skipper was formerly more widespread across the county.  Not now though.  The colony at Goss Moor is now considered extinct due to motor bike and quad bike disturbance and no records have been received in west Cornwall for several years.  The species is mainly single brooded in the UK and May and early June are the only likely months to find this species.  Today I saw just five individuals.

I also saw a pair of Common Blue, one Dingy Skipper, one Wall Brown, one Brown Argus, one Peacock and five Orange Tip.

Some more images can be found on my Flickr page HERE