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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

Painted Lady butterfly with its proboscis into one of the flowers of a head of purple chive flowers
Painted Lady on Chive. Photo: Lyn Pullen

Painted Ladies appearing in numbers

We have received reports of over 200 Painted Ladies today, mainly from Read more...

Black butterlfy with striking red and white markings
Red Admiral. Photo: Shona Refoy

White Holes listed by spreadsheet

‘White Holes’ are our term for kilometre squares where no butterflies have been reported in the current five-year recording cycle – of which 2019 is the last year. Read more...

White holes map around Ibberton
Area around Ibberton where no butterflies reported by June 2019.

Butterfly desert in Dorset?

We’ve had reports of Brimstones in Bournemouth, Peacocks and Painted Ladies in Poole and Hairstreaks in Hazelbury Bryan. But one of the loveliest, most rural patches of Dorset is currently looking like a butterfly desert. Read more...

Orange butterlfy with rows of brown marks
Glanville Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike

Glanvilles in Dorset?

We have had two reports recently of Glanville Fritillaries in North Dorset! Read more...

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tan and White butterfly with black dots on underwings taking minerals from bird poo
White Admiral. Photo: Mel Bray

Mel tells us he went to Queens Copse on 26/06/19 and saw this White Admiral extracting minerals from a bird dropping.  This species has only recently emerged and should be on the wing until the end of August. Read more...

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