The warmth and sunshine on Saturday 18th February brought in reports of 13 butterflies. Continue reading
A Painted Lady butterfly in great condition near Winspit caves on 11/10/2016.
A slice of summer now with these gorgeous photographs of a Painted Lady butterfly that were captured by Penny Hawes back on 06/08/2016 at Flowers Barrow.
A wonderfully late find by Karen Williams of a Painted Lady caterpillar found in the car-park at Brandy Row, Chiswell on Portland on 11/10/2016. The butterfly, which is a migrant to Britain each year, is continuously brooded on the continent but here in the UK, the species is unable to survive our winters at any stage and so the butterflies will either die or make a return flight to North Africa.
Two colourful shots of a Painted Lady butterfly that visited Elaine Conlon’s garden in Broadstone on 26/08/2016.
A rather tatty Painted Lady photographed in Elaine’s garden in Broadstone on 23/08/2016.
Dave Law brings us this exciting news: “A walk along the Dorset coast from Ringstead Bay to Durdle Door revealed the offspring of the Painted Lady feeding on thistles . Virtually every clump revealed near fully grown larvae. Prepare for a summer emergence in the next 2-3 weeks!” Continue reading
Two very summery shots, taken on Okeford Fitzpaine recreation ground.
The Painted Lady is a migrant to this country and a few sightings of it are coming in; if you see one, please report it to our sightings page.
Thanks to Brian for this gorgeous underwing shot of a Painted Lady, taken at Upton Country Park on 9 June. The underwings are as lovely as the top wings, and the hawthorn (?) blossom sets it off beautifully.
We now have six species reported in Dorset in 2016, and surprisingly, we have an earlier sighting of a Small White than a Peacock. Continue reading