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Mild weather brings first butterfly of 2016!

Painted Lady
Painted Lady. Library Photo: Iain H Leach

The first Dorset butterfly of 2016 – a Painted Lady – was recorded by Neil Croton on the 3rd January within the Sadborow Estate in Thorncombe, close to the border with Devon. Continue reading

Speckled Wood sighted – first one in UK

Speckled Wood (not the one reported). Photo: Lawrie de Whalley.

Speckled Wood (not the one reported). Photo: Lawrie de Whalley.

A Speckled Wood was seen in Poole on March 6, which is the first reported sighting of this butterfly in the UK this year. We don’t usually reckon to see this butterfly until late March/early April, but February sightings have been known.┬áRecords sent to this website show first sightings as:

  • 2014 – 7 February
  • 2013 – 27 April
  • 2012 – 21 Feb

In case you are wondering – it’s not in the First Sightings list on this website, because we received the record from another source. It falls to the local Butterfly Conservation volunteers to verify sightings from all sources, many of which do not reach us until the end of the year, but sometimes we get on early, like this.