First Meadow Brown takes us to 29 species in Dorset

Meadow Brown with open wings
Meadow Brown. Photo: Elaine Conlon

Elaine Conlon’s photo of a Meadow Brown at Badbury Rings on 30 May is our first record of a Meadow Brown for 2016, beating the first sighting in 2015 by a clear week. We now have 29 species which have taken to the wing in Dorset this year. On the same day Elaine saw the Meadow Brown we also had the first Small Skipper sighting. Other species which have emerged in May are: Lulwoth Skipper; Large Skipper; Duke of Burgundy; Adonis Blue; Marsh Fritillary; Small Heath; Common Blue and Brown Argus. See our First Sightings page for all the species and dates.

Two Small Skippers on a blade of grass.

Small Skipper. Photo: Mark Pike (Archive shot)


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