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
Dorset now boasts 24 species on the wing! Continue reading
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.
We’ve had several lovely shots of Dingy and Grizzled Skippers sent in, so we’re putting them all together here to help you with your identification.
The two above were taken at Badbury rings on 3 April 2016. Mel reported one Grizzled and half a dozen Dingy were to be seen. They are lovely shots for seeing the details of the marking on either species.
The two above here were taken at Hod Hill (North Dorset) on 4 April 2016. John says he saw more than 25 Dingy Skippers, including some really dark specimens emerging during his visit. These shots give a good idea of the very small size of these Skippers – if you are new to butterfly identification, the tiny size of some British species can be quite surprising.
And lastly, another shot taken at Badbury Rings, but on 6 April 2016. Chris says: “What a fab morning at the Rings, glorious sunshine and quite a few butterflies as well”.
It is intriguing to note the variation in the clarity of the marking on the three different Dingy Skipper photos. As the butterflies get older they will all lose the clarity to some extent, which is the Dingy really can look dingy, and when telling them apart can get more challenging.
We have now had 19 species reported to the website this year: could you spot the 20th? Continue reading
A wonderful photograph from 14/06/2015, sent to us by Mark Pike who captured these two different species of butterfly feeding alongside one another on a Dandelion at Badbury Rings.
A superb photograph, taken at Badbury Rings on the 12/05/15.
A wonderfully posed Grizzled Skipper near Cerne Abbas, taken on 17/05/2015.
On 17 May butterfly enthusiasts travelled from across Dorset as well as from Devon and London to join a guided walk over the ancient chalk downland above Cerne Abbas. They were rewarded with the sighting of eighteen species, one of the most significant of which was the Duke of Burgundy Continue reading
Both the above Skippers were found and photographed at Badbury Rings on 21/04/2015 by Keith Beswick. Keith also had a close encounter with a cuckoo!