view of a brown butterfly  with orange spots and white W shaped lines on lower wings

White-letter Hairstreak. Photo: Luc Mitchem

Luc visited Alners Gorse on 29/06/19 and sent us this lovely photo of our first White-letter Hairstreak for the gallery this year.This species is mostly found on Wych Elm in Dorset as many of our Elms, which they also favour, were lost to Elm disease years ago.

However they do sometimes come down to ground level to nectar on flowers which make them easier to spot and photograph.

This species can be found from mid June- late July .

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