Eggs of the Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Dave Law
Dave says this was one of quite a few egg batches found on various Dorset sites, which is hopefully good news for future generations of the butterfly. The eggs will hatch into caterpillars, which hibernate over the winter, to then form chrysalises and emerge as the adult butterfly in May the following year.
Dave took the picture at Cerne Abbas on 12/06/2017
Duke of Burgundy. Photo: Malcolm Wemyss
Malcolm helped out at our butterfly identification day and found himself in competition for taking this photo, which give a great idea of how small the butterfly is. He reports the butterfly was exceptionally docile and remained for a long time, to the benefit of all the students.
We hold an annual training course in butterfly identification, which particularly looks at the can-be-hard-to-tell apart families, like the whites or the blues. This year’s took place on 27 May in Cerne Abbas and was, as usual, a sell-out, with 23 people attending.
The day, run by volunteers of the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation, looks not just at identification, but also how to survey and record butterflies.
In the morning, attendees learnt the techniques of butterfly identification. In the afternoon, when the sun fortunately came out, they went out to practice their new knowledge in the butterfly-rich location of the Cerne Giant. There was great excitement when, as well as adult butterflies of various species, a Marsh Fritillary chysalis was spotted.
Our thanks to James Gould (who said he enjoyed the day, especially the cakes!) for the following photos.
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: James Gould.
Marsh Fritillary chrysalis. Photo: James Gould.
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Diana Jones
Another lovely shot from Diana taken at Cerne on 29 May. Obviously a good day for butterflies!
Large Skipper. Photo: Diana Jones.
Thanks to Diana for this very summery shot, taken at Cerne Abbas on 29 May.
Duke of Burgundy mating pair. Photo: James Gould
I went on the Dorset butterfly walk this Sunday 15th May at Giant Hill, Cerne Abbas and these photos were two of the highlights. A mating pair of Duke of Burgundy and a Grizzled and Dingy Skipper posing together.
Grizzled (on left) and Dingy Skippers. Photo James Gould
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Brian Hill
Reminiscing back to fresh spring days now with this fabulous photograph of a vibrant Marsh Fritillary butterfly near Cerne Abbas on 13/05/2015.