Purple Hairsteak. Photo: Richard Belding
The Purple Hairstreaks at our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve are being very obliging – it’s rare to be able to catch photos like this.Taken on 10/07/2017.
A photo of a Purple Hairstreak with open wings we published a few days ago looked quite purply-blue, so it’s interesting to see this one, which looks such a plain brown. It is presumably a female, though they usually have a purple streak on the forewing. The angle at which the photo is taken can make quite a difference.
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Malcolm Wemyss
Malcolm says: “Purple Hairstreaks have been really numerous on Alners Gorse, unusually descending from the oak canopy and settling around eye level. This has provided an unprecedented opportunity to take smartphone pictures, so here’s one on buckthorn.” Taken on 08/07/2017
White-letter Hairstreaks are very rare now, as their caterpillars depend on elm, and the numbers of elm in the UK are still hugely depleted due to Dutch Elm disease. Continue reading
White-letter Hairstreak. Photo: David Simmonds
Caught at our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve on 25/06/2017.
This butterfly is now quite rare, having been hit hard by Dutch Elm Disease: it’s caterpillars feed on elm. Alners Gorse is the only site in Dorset where you stand a good chance of seeing it, though we’d really like to hear of sightings in any other parts of Dorset.
Marsh Fritillary aberration. Photo: Dave Law
Marsh Fritillaries mating. Photo: Dave Law
Dave Law got these great photos at our Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve on 24/05/2017.
Alners Gorse Guided Walk. Photo: Brian Arnold
Local wildlife enthusiasts in search of ‘butterflies and birdsong’ during a guided walk at our Alners Gorse butterfly reserve, lead by Nigel Spring on 08/04/2017.
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
Brown hairstreak (Underside). Photo: Simon Darke
A Brown Hairstreak photographed alongside the car park at our Alners Gorse reserve on 11/08/2016.
White-letter Hairstreak. Photo: Mark Pike
A unusually fresh White-letter Hairstreak playing a spot of hide and seek at our Alners Gorse reserve on 11/08/2016.