Taken at Fontmell Down, in North Dorset, on 15 March. We will see the adult butterflies on the wing some time in May. The date can be quite variable – for more details see our First-sightings page .
Taken in the little car part at our Perryfields Butterfly Reserve on Portland on 13 March.
Taken at Radipole near Weymouth on 13 March. Radipole is a great RSPB reserve, well worth a look if you are down that way.
A butterfly seen on 19/03/2017, despite it being a windy day, on a pussy willow in a sheltered spot in Bestwall, Wareham. A good reminder that willows are good for early nectar – and they are the foodplant for quite a few moth caterpillars. Elaine also reports seeing an adder and a stag – what a good walk!
A Peacock butterfly photographed in the spring sunshine by Paul Cobb whilst on his walk down to the river Stour near Northbourne on 09/03/2017.
A Comma butterfly heralding Spring along with the Daffodils, Primroses and two Peacock butterflies in Brian Arnold’s garden near Harman’s Cross on 13/03/2017.
A late flying Small White butterfly at Osmington Bay on 10/10/2016, thanks to Elaine Conlon once again for sending in her photographs.
A Comma butterfly photographed by Paul Cobb whilst on his walk down to the river Stour near Northbourne on 09/03/2017.
This gorgeous photograph was taken at Kingston Lacy on 02/03/2017, sent to us by Jo Stephen. We hope it brightens your day as much as it does ours!
Can you spot it? Even at a distance, the distinctive shape and yellow colouring of the Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) butterfly make it fairly easy to identify from most other british butterflies. Thanks to Diana Jones and Martin Clark who spotted the butterfly in St John’s Church in Wimborne on 18/02/2017.