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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

Second brood Dingy Skippers

Brian Arnold sent us the above photo, taken on 14 August. Dingy Skippers are usually around in May and June Read more...

view of a Male Common Blue nectaring on a white flower with wings fully open
Common Blue. Photo: Michael Skelton

Butterfly statistics

We are seeing some interesting statistics coming out of the butterfly sightings reported to this website. Read more...

Orange, yellow, brown and blue butterfly on grass
Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Brian Arnold.

Small Tortoiseshells suffering from the summer heat?

Brian Arnold sent us in this great photo of a Small Tortoiseshell recently and said from his observations “They seemed to be quite scarce last year, but … they have virtually disappeared this year”. We asked our Records Officer, Bill Shreeves to comment. Read more...

Sir David Attenborough holding a Big Butterfly Count recording form

It’s time for the Big Butterfly Count!

The Big Butterfly Count just asks for 15 minutes of your time, to help Butterfly Conservation record butterflies all over the UK. Read more...

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view of a Caloptilia semifascia dark form moth found in moth trap
Caloptilia semifascia, dark form. Photo: Paul Harris

Paul found this micro moth, FL 5-6mm, in his Weymouth garden moth trap on 1/08/18. This tiny moth comes to light between Jul- May. The caterpillar foodplant is Field Maple where it constructs three neat conical rolls. When this species is abundant Sycamore will also be used. Read more...

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