Small Heaths. Photo: Richard Collier
This amazing photo appears to show three Small Heath butterflies in a menage a trois! We think it is two males and one female. Seen by Richard Collier on a walk from Corfe Castle to Swanage. June 2017.
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Scarlet Tiger moth. Photo: George McCabe
George spotted this on 17/06/2017. He says: “Saw this Scarlet Tiger on my morning walk; to my surprise it just sat there sunning itself”. The walk was by the steam that goes through the fields at Littlmead Broadwey, Weymouth.
White Admiral. Photo: Mark Pike
A very fresh specimen spotted at Piddles Wood (North Dorset) on 16/06/2017.
Meadow Brown. Photo: Mark Pike
Meadow Brown upper wings do vary a lot, but this may be classed as an ‘aberration’. Taken by Mark Pike at Piddles Wood (North Dorset) on 16/06/2017.
If you are interested in aberrations, have a look at the Cockayne Collection on the British Museum website.
Meadow Browns. Photo: George McCabe
This pair of Meadow Browns are busy ensuring the next generation; taken on a walk up the Weymouth relief road cuttin on16/06/2017
Ringlet. Photo: John Woodruff
A lovely shot taken in the evening sunshine at Badbury Rings on 14/06/2017
Mullein moth caterpillar. Photo: Richard and Sue Sedgley
The identification of the caterpillar can be made partly from the plant it is on: you can see the plant is somewhat hairy, and has a tall main stalk, so it is probably a verbascum – the food plant of the Mullein moth, along with buddleia and figwort. This moth is more often seen in the caterpillar stage than the adult stage, which is usually on the wing in April and May and is much less eye-catching!
Picture taken in a garden in Corfe Castle on 13/06/2017.
Thistle Ermine moth. Photo: Mark Pike
Taken at Durlston Country Park on 13/06/2017. This moth’s caterpillars feed on various types of thistle!
Female Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Mark Pike.
Mark photographed this in teh car park at Corfe Castle on 13/06/2017.
Eggs of the Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Dave Law
Dave says this was one of quite a few egg batches found on various Dorset sites, which is hopefully good news for future generations of the butterfly. The eggs will hatch into caterpillars, which hibernate over the winter, to then form chrysalises and emerge as the adult butterfly in May the following year.
Dave took the picture at Cerne Abbas on 12/06/2017