Orange-Tip (female). Photo: Lynda Lambert
A female Orange-Tip photographed in the mating refusal posture at the RSPB’s Arne Nature Reserve on 22/04/2017.
Orange-Tip egg. Photo: Lynda Lambert
Lynda was also lucky enough to photograph this Orange-Tip egg a couple of days later on this Lady’s Smock flower at a different location.
Purple Thorn. Photo: Martin Raper
A gorgeous looking Purple Thorn moth, attracted to a moth light on 16/04/2017 in Martin Raper’s garden near Beaminster.
Green Hairsteak. Photo: Brian Arnold
Brian tells us: “I was out walking with the Swanage Walking Group this morning and on the north side of Godlingston Heath (just off of the ferry road north of Studland) I found this Green Hairstreak. It sat patiently sunning itself in the grass for about 5 minutes.”
Peacock. Photo: Penny Hawes
A Peacock butterfly photographed on the 07/04/2017 at Durlston Country Park, where a possible Holly Blue was also seen, thanks to Penny Hawes for the image above.
Holly Blues mating. Photo: Dave Law
Dave says: “Considering Holly Blues were quite scarce last summer its great to see them almost everywhere around North Dorset . This pair were seen at Compton Down [on 19/04/2017] along with several Green Hairstreak and plenty of Speckled Wood. However across the valley on Fontmell Down it appears worryingly lifeless within the boundaries of the fencing. Only a few Grizzled Skippers seen and hardly any nectar sources plus cattle grazing still going on ! Outside the boundaries plenty of cowslip, daisy and hawkweeds . Hope it rapidly improves “.
Green Hairstreak. Photo: Dave Law
Orange Tip. Photo: Dave Law
Dave took both these shots at Melbury Down on 07/04/2017. He reports that there were two Green Hairstreaks, both holding a territory. The Green Hairstreak is the only green butterfly in Britain, so you cannot mistake it, but it’s not around for very long.
Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Brian Arnold
A Small Tortoiseshell photographed near Winterbourne Zelston on 03/04/2017. Brian spotted a total of seven species, including several Peacocks, single specimens of Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Orange Tip and Brimstone.
Peacock. Photo: Diana Jones
A vibrant Peacock butterfly photographed by Diana Jones near Hinton St Mary on 05/04/2017. Diana also spotted three other Peacock butterflies, two Small Tortoiseshells and a Small White.
Orange-Tip males. Photo: Mark Pike
“Spring has well and truly sprung” at Motcombe Meadows where Mark Pike photograph these two male Orange-Tip butterflies on 06/04/2017.
Orange-Tips. Photo: Elaine Conlon
A glorious image of three Orange-Tip butterflies, a a persistent male interrupting an already mating pair. Photographed at Pamphill near Wimborne by Elaine Conlon on 07/04/2017.