Wall Brown. Photo: Brian Arnold
Taken by Brian whilst doing his transect (butterfly monitoring) walk at Durlston East (near Swanage) on 18 September. He observes that it was in such perfect condition that it must have been newly hatched.
Wall Browns are increasingly becoming limited to coastal areas, as can be seen on their map on our Atlas page. Remember our Atlas pages can give you a lot more information on how all Dorset butterflies are faring.
Congratulations to Paul Cobb for our first butterfly photo of 2018! Taken on 10 January at Branksome Chine Cliff Gardens in Poole. Continue reading
The Barberry Carpet Moth suffered from the eradication of its food plant, Common Barberry, due to it being host to the wheat rust fungus. There are now rust-resistant wheat varieties, but almost too late for the moth. There are thought to be just ten populations of this moth left in the UK, mostly in Wiltshire, but also in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Dorset.
We would like to send very grateful thanks to all our butterfly and moth recorders. In 2017, you sent in records of 36,905 butterflies of 46 species to the website alone! Continue reading
Perhaps that should be “cake making and stuffing” as you usually do them in that order, but in this case the stuffing is of newsletters into envelopes! Continue reading
Andy Martin has not only sent us this photo of a Clouded Yellow helice form at Ulwell (near Swanage), taken on 12 October but also Continue reading
Could you help stuff newsletters into envelopes on 19 October? Helping the paid staff at Butterfly Conservation Headquarters frees their time to work to help butterflies and moths, like the beautiful ones pictured.
The lovely people at Butterfly Conservation’s Headquarters near East Lulworth need some help on 28 September and later dates. Continue reading
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