The Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation are delighted to see that Martin Warren, recently retired Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation, has been awarded an OBE. Some people think this stands for ‘Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire‘; we think it’s for ‘Outstanding Butterfly Expert’! Continue reading
A Brown Hairstreak photographed alongside the car park at our Alners Gorse reserve on 11/08/2016.
A unusually fresh White-letter Hairstreak playing a spot of hide and seek at our Alners Gorse reserve on 11/08/2016.
A rather unusual Meadow Brown in that the orange markings on the upperwings appear almost entirely washed-out with little colour remaining, we believe this to be an example of ab. alba. Photographed at our Alners Gorse reserve on 31/07/2016.
Purple Hairstreak photographed at our Alners Gorse reserve on 22/07/2016 where Brian Arnold reports seeing at least 14 of these beautiful butterflies as well as a few White-letter Hairstreaks and Silver-washed Fritillaries, including a single Valesina form!
Taken at our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve on 25 July. Nice to know they are still thriving there.
A Purple Hairstreak, photographed at our Alners Gorse reserve on 14/07/2016 by Richard Belding. If you are going hunting for these butterflies, which spend most of their time at tree top level, try looking at the tops of oak trees in the early evening, when they may be see whirling around “like silver pennies”
This Purple Hairstreak was photographed by Elaine Conlon at our Alners Gorse reserve on 14/07/2016.
A beautiful image of a White-letter Hairstreak, captured feeding on Bramble at our Alners Gorse reserve on 14/07/2016.
Another Ringlet aberration but this individual we believe to be ab.centrifera, photographed at Alners Gorse on 07/07/2016. Ringlets can be very variable butterflies so keep an eye out during the Big Butterfly Count which kicks-off this Friday (15/07/2016).