Silver Y moth. Photo: George McCabe
Geroge thinks this looks like it’s got a scary face! Seen on the Weymouth Relief Road cutting on 12/07/2017.
This is a useful identification shot: when you see a Silver Y ‘at rest’ it is very often rapidly beating its wings, so all you see is a blur.
Cinnabar moth caterpillars. Photo: George McCabe
The yellow and black rugby-shirt stripes very clearly show these as the caterpillars of the Cinnabar Moth, George describes where he too the photo: “Near the cycle path just of the Weymouth relief road near the water overflow ponds near the roundabouts”. Taken on 12/07/2017.
Chalkhill Blue. Photo: John Woodruff
A nice view of a freshly emerged Chalkhill Blue showing upper and under wings. Taken at Melbury Down 10/07/2017.
Purple Hairsteak. Photo: Richard Belding
The Purple Hairstreaks at our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve are being very obliging – it’s rare to be able to catch photos like this.Taken on 10/07/2017.
A photo of a Purple Hairstreak with open wings we published a few days ago looked quite purply-blue, so it’s interesting to see this one, which looks such a plain brown. It is presumably a female, though they usually have a purple streak on the forewing. The angle at which the photo is taken can make quite a difference.
Speckled Wood on lichen. Photo: Penny Hawes
A lovely artistic shot from Penny, taken on Stoborough Heath, near Wareham on 07/07/2017.
Gatekeeper. Photo: Penny Hawes
This beautiful shot was taken by Penny on 07/07/2017 at Stoborough Heath, near Wareham.
It shows the underside markings of this species very well: not only the two white spots within the black eyespot on the forewing, but the white dots on the hindwing. Meadow Browns, very similar to Gatekeepers, have one white spot in the black eyespot and black spots on the hindwing – a useful way to tell them apart if they refuse to raise the forewing enough to see it.
Holly Blue. Photo: Penny Hawes
Penny caught this Holly Blue on the Rodwell Trail, near Weymouth, on 25/05/2017
Silver washed fritillary. Photo: Rex Bale
Rex attended our Butterfly Walk, which was joint with the Wiltshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation, at Chase Woods in North Dorset on 09/07/2017. He reports that there were huge numbers of Silver-washed Fritillaries and the occasional White Admiral.
This fantastic and fun citizen science effort is with us again. It only takes 15 minutes, so please join in.