Two more photos from one of Ann’s favourite places for butterflies and this time a bit of a surprise as she tells us:
I’m attaching a couple of photos taken today at the DWT Reserve orchid field in Waterloo Rd, Corfe Mullen and I wonder if you’d be kind enough to say what you think this butterfly is. I’m holding my breath a bit, as I think it might be a Purple Hairstreak! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a closed-wing view, or the lower part of the rear wing to see the shape, but comparing it to photos on the Butterfly Conservation website, I’m hoping……
As I first saw it, it was flying up into one of the oak trees on the edge of the field, and I just managed to get a few photos at the same angle, before it flew into the upper branches and was lost to sight.
Editor’s Note: These photos have been referred to our Dorset BC verifiers who have confirmed that it is in fact a female Purple Hairstreak