Dorset is a great place for butterflies. Our very varied geology, plus being on the south coast, combine to give us around 45 species either resident or as a reliable migrant (“around” because this list includes the Wood White and the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, both of which are possibly becoming extinct in the County).
As of 24 May, 28 of these species have been reported on the wing. May has added:
- Marsh Fritillary
- Adonis Blue
- Duke of Burgundy
- Lulworth Skipper
- Dark Green Fritiallary.
You can keep up with the first sightings on our First Sightings page.