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Dorset species out

Pie chart showing most-recorded butterfly species
Pie chart showing most-recorded butterfly species

Dorset now boasts 24 species on the wing! As you can see from the chart above, the sightings sent to the website show there have been more Brimstones than anything else seen so far this year – probably not surprising, as they are around very bright and early in the season. For more information on recent sightings see our 2017 Sightings Summary page.

A Grizzled and a Dingy Skipper, both with wings open, side by side

Grizzled Skipper (left) and Dingy Skipper (right). Photo: James Gould

It is quite impressive that the Dingy Skipper comes in 10th, and the Grizzled Skipper 13th, as neither are very common or very noticeable. Our Distribution Atlas Pages show that the Dingy has done well over the past 15 years and quite well comparing the late nineties with 2010-14. The Grizzled Skipper did very well long term, but not so well recently. It’s well worth a look at these pages – they contain some fascinating data.

We can only make this sort of comparison by receiving lots of sightings, and we need your help to do it. Please record your sightings here.

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