Photos of St Gothian Sands Local Nature Reserve
and its surroundings

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars
Butterflies and Moths: Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars

Cinnabar Moths (Tyria jacobaeae) larvae feed on Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris, syn. Senecio jacobaea)

During July you can find ragwort covered with these stripy, colourful caterpillars.

The larvae absorb alkaloids from the plant to make themselves taste bad, thus making them unattractive to predators. The black and yellow stripes are a warning to any predator who may wish to eat them.

They are so good at eating ragwort that they have been used successfully to control the plant's numbers in the United States and New Zealand.

Common Blue Damselfly
Wildlife: Common Blue Damselfly

A male Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) at St Gothian Local Nature Reserve at Gwithian.

Sea Holly
Cornwall Flora: Sea Holly

Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum) at St Gothian Sands Local Nature Reserve at Gwithian.

This beautiful plant with its waxy leaves and striking blue flowers, flowers between July and September.

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St Gothian Sands Local Nature Reserve
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