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Butterfly weddings

Two exotic butterflies on bright yellow flowers
Two Monarch butterflies.

No, butterflies don’t marry, but did you know some humans release butterflies at weddings (and funerals) as part of the ceremony?

Butterfly releases like this give Butterfly Conservation, as a wildlife charity, cause for concern. Continue reading

First Geranium Bronze in Dorset?

view of Geranium Bronze butterfly on a daisy
Geranium Bronze. Photo: Colin Lamont

Colin Lamont found this butterfly in his garden at Verwood, where it continued to appear from 20/08/17 to 31/08/2017. Colin did not at first realise how unusual a sighting it was. Continue reading

Alners comes up trumps again

A group of people looking up into the trees, with some pointing
Guided walk at Alners Gorse. Photo: Martin Warren.

We have four Butterfly Reserves in Dorset, all of which have their attractions, but Alners gathers the most attention at this time of year because of its Hairstreaks. A guided walk there on 5 August, led by Martin Warren,drew 30 people, and was described as “superb” despite showers.

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