Working to save Dorset's butterflies and moths

75% of British butterflies and 66% of common moths have declined in living memory. Our efforts include conservation work, monitoring butterflies and moths, and raising awareness of the problems they face. There are lots of ways you can help.  Find out more

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Painted Lady. Photo taken on 18 May: Stewart Balmain

More Painted Ladies

We had reports of 104 Painted Ladies to this website yesterday (19 May), which makes it seem possible that we are getting a large influx of these butterflies, so we are asking you whether you could do a timed count Read more...

Three orange-brown butterflies with black and white markings on the pink flowers of chives
Painted Lady. Photo: Maurice Budden

Painted Ladies coming?

Painted Lady butterflies are visitors to this country. Some years they only turn up in small numbers, but once in a while we get huge numbers. Read more...

Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth. Photo: Mike Robinson

Too many notifications?

If you are signed up to be sent an email if we put up a new photo or news item, our apologies for the deluge of notifications which came through today. Read more...

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Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike

Want to know what butterflies are on the wing?

You can see what species are flying by going to our Recent Sightings page.  Read more...

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An orange butterfly with black, white and yellowish markings on a green leaf
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Caroline Stringer

It is good to know that Marsh Fritillaries are back again this year at Alner’s Gorse and here are a couple of photos of them there sent to us by Caroline – photos taken on 14/05/2022. Read more...

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Species spotlight

Two butterflies on a grass stalk. Blue one with wings open. See profile

Silver-studded Blue

  • Family: Blues
  • Size: Small  Wingspan: 30mm
  • Regional priority: High

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