We all tend to think of “butterflies” as just the adult stage that we see on the wing, but many of species spend a lot more time as eggs, caterpillars or chrysalises than they do as adults and you can record all these stages on this website.
To do this, go to our Recording Form: when you enter the name of the species, this is followed by a space for the number you have seen, then there is a column under which you can specify the life stage.
Information on all stages is useful to us: an adult butterfly may be just passing through, but if you see any of the other stages, the butterfly is breeding at that site.
We have other areas of the website you might find of interest (we’ve got so much good stuff, it’s difficult to make it all prominent!). Have a look at the bottom of the Species page and you will find:
- General advice on butterfly identification
- A list of sizes for all Dorset butterflies
- Flight-times chart specific to Dorset
- A list of in which life stage each species overwinters
We’ve already had 1,591 butterflies reported to this website (as of 22 April 2021), but there are months of (we hope) good weather still to follow, so keep those records coming.