This pair of Meadow Browns are busy ensuring the next generation; taken on a walk up the Weymouth relief road cuttin on16/06/2017
George took this at Lorton Meadows, just outside Weymouth on 02/06/2017. He says: “they were so preoccupied they did not see me or my dog inches away from them, which was surprising as they never sit still.”
Our thanks to Penny for this shot – Meadow Browns tend to pose with their wings closed, so an upper wing shot is good to get. Taken at Durlston Country Park on 31/05/2017.
Ealine spotted these at Badbury Rings on 27/05/2017.
Mark Pike has spotted the
second Meadow Brown of the year, not just in Dorset but the whole of the UK! His record was thought to be the first, but then someone in Suffolk reported one three days earlier. Continue reading
This Meadow Brown sighting was a first of the year for not just Dorset but all of the UK! Seen at Motcombe Meadows (North Dorset) on 24/05/2017.
A pair of Meadow Browns at Fontmell Down on 15/08/2016, note that the butterfly on the left is being accompanied by several red mites (Trombidium breei).
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.
Elaine Conlon’s photo of a Meadow Brown at Badbury Rings on 30 May is our first record of a Meadow Brown for 2016, beating the first sighting in 2015 by a clear week. We now have 29 species which have taken to the wing in Dorset this year. Continue reading
Elaine says: “Just wanted to send this photo taken on my iPhone today via help of a selfie stick at Bradbury Rings as I think it is a first this year. It was strong-flying and stayed around us for at least five minutes. We actually thought we weren’t going to be lucky as when we walked up it was cold and windy. The wind dropped in the ditches on the south side and sun come out bringing the temperature up for a while and happy days along came the Meadow Brown.”
She definitely gets a brownie point for the first record sent to us this year! Last year’s earliest reported to the website was 6 June and this was taken on 30 May.