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Can you find a Grizzled Skipper for us?

Grizzled Skipper with open wings
Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Richard Belding

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

Burnet chrysalis by the Weymouth Relief Road

Yellow chrysalis attached to a grass stalk

Burnet Moth chrysalis. Photo: James Gould

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.

Adonis Blues at Ballard Down

Six Adonis Blues on a cow pat
Adonis Blues. Photo: Harold Gillen
Six Adonis Blues on a cow pat

Adonis Blues. Photo: Harold Gillen

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.

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Common Blues at Durlston Country Park

Two mating Common Blues, with a third one in flight
Common Blues. Photo: Mark Pike.
Two mating Common Blues, with a third one in flight

Common Blues. Photo: Mark Pike.

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”.

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Marsh Fritillary on Compton Down

View of a fresh Marsh Fritiallary from the top

Marsh Fritiallry. Photo: Mark Pike

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!

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