The Grizzled Skipper is increasingly rare in the UK, though it has been doing quite well in Dorset until recently. We need to keep track of its numbers, so we’d be grateful if you could look out for it. Continue reading
Penny saw this at Sharford Bridge in Purbeck on 21/05/2017. She says: “I love the way the same butterfly can look so different, depending on which direction the light is coming!”
Lovely shot of the very small Small Blue. Taken by the side of the Weymouth Relief Road on 14/05/2017. James says there was a very healthy colony of this species.
This is the chrysalis of a Burnet Moth, probably a Six-spot Burnet.Seen on a Butterfly Conservation walk along the side of the Weymouth Relief Road on 14/05/2017 – James reports that there were scores of these to be seen.
Harold caught these six Adonis Blues, which look to be on a cowpat (from which they will be taking nutrition), at Ballard Down near Swanage on 21/05/2017.
Ballard Down is a great site to see Adonis Blues, which have two broods in a year. They are on the wing roughly from mid May until mid June and again from mid August to mid September; flight periods do vary a bit from year to year, so use our Latest Records information (which you can sort by butterfly) to see if they are around when you want to visit.
Mark Pike has spotted the
second Meadow Brown of the year, not just in Dorset but the whole of the UK! His record was thought to be the first, but then someone in Suffolk reported one three days earlier. Continue reading
Mark took this stunning shot at Durlston Country Park on 14/05/2017. He describes it as ” A male Common Blue fending off a rival whilst he attends to his mate”.
Mark says: Thought you might like these couple of pics of a superbly fresh Marsh Fritillary taken today (10/05/17) on Compton Down. Had me running up and down the darned hillside for a few hours but eventually nailed the blighter!
Malcolm Wemyss, who sent us Colin’s photo, commented on how fresh and intricately marked a specimen this was. He also says they did an all-afternoon search, and found more numbers and a greater distribution of colonies of Green Hairstreak than he can recall in 25 years of recording on the hill. This butterfly does seem to be doing well in Dorset – see the statistics on our distribution atlas page.
Dorset now boasts 24 species on the wing! Continue reading