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Ringlet aberration at Motcombe Meadows

Ringlet with open wings, plain brown with white frings

Ringlet aberration. Photo: Mark Pike

Ringlet underwing with very small white dots instead of rings

Ringlet aberration. Photo: Mark Pike

These shots show the upperwings and underwings of a Ringlet aberration known as ‘arete’. It is very much plainer than most Ringlets. Mark photographed it at Motcombe Meadows in north Dorset on 23/06/2017 despite the gloomy and breezy conditions prevailing.

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Small Skippers at Motcombe Meadows

Two orange butterflies nose to nose on a flower head
Small Skippers. Photo: Mark Pike
Two orange butterflies nose to nose on a flower head

Small Skippers. Photo: Mark Pike

We could run a caption competition on this, couldn’t we? What are the two male Small Skippers saying to one another?

Mark got the photos at Motcombe Meadows in north Dorset on 23/06/2017

Forester Moth at Motcombe Meadows

Irridescent green moth on a leaf

Forester Moth. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark says: “fabulously fresh Forester moth, seen today (03/06/17) in Motcombe Meadows.”

The Forester is a day-flying moth, on the wing in June and July. Its caterpillar feeds on common sorrel or sheep’s sorrel. It is a declining species in the UK and afforded “Priority” status by Butterfly Conservation.

Ringlet aberration

A ringlet with no markings on the top wing, but just plain dark brown

Ringlet. Photo: Mark Pike

Ringlet underwings with no rings, only a few small white dots

Ringlet. Photo: Mark Pike

It’s good to have these shots immediately above the ‘normal’ Ringlets Mark photographed, to show the considerable difference to the aberration shown above. Mark saw this butterfly on 27 June at Motcombe Meadows, and thinks it is ab Arete but says it is rather unusual to have NO rings or dots on the upper wings.