view of a Tortoiseshell nectaring on a thistle

Tortoiseshell. Photo: Alison Copland

Alison spotted this Tortoiseshell whilst at Ballard Down on 21/06/18.

This species was very scarce in Dorset last summer and it is a declining species, but it is hoped that maybe due to extremely hot temperatures some may have gone into early hibernation to escape the heat and will emerge again in spring. Fingers crossed for this iconic butterfly.

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