Leopard Moth. Photo: Dave Law
Oak Eggar. Photo: Dave Law
Dave went for a walk around Duncliffe Woods on 31/07/21 and though the weather was not the best for butterflies and moths ,he spotted two lovely moths. A Leopard moth and a female Oak Eggar.
The flight seasons are June -early August and July /August respectively.
Green-veined White. Photo: Dave Law
Dave has sent us this super photo with the following comments:
First walk of the year in the sunshine at Duncliffe Wood on 16/03/2020 and amazed to see a Green-veined White. My girlfriend Agnes saw it first so I can’t take all the credit if it’s a first for the year.
The dark veins on the yellow underside of the hindwings are actually a mottling of black scales that appear green against the yellow background. The first Green-veined White reported to the Dorset BC website last year was on 24/03/2019 so this is 8 days earlier.
Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Dave Law
Dave sent in this photo showing what is an increasingly rare sight of 2 Small Tortoiseshell together on the same plant. Photo taken on 18/08/2019 in his garden near Duncliffe Wood after he returned from holiday. He added that there seemed to have been a mini explosion with at least 15 different Tortoiseshells feeding on various buddleia’s around the garden as well as Peacocks, Painted Lady and Whites. Like stepping back in time to his childhood.
Comma, hutchinsoni, Photo: Dave Law
Dave sent us this photo on 25/07/19 and says:
This female comma is the golden form hutchinsoni . It was swapping between feeding on buddleia and egg laying on elm and nettles in the hedgerow at Duncliffe Wood
This form is found throughout its range and represents individuals that go on to produce a second brood, which differ from those individuals that overwinter as follows:
- Overall appearance much paler.
- The underside is especially paler, being yellow-brown with darker markings nearer the body, and with a few green spots and other marks at the wing margins.
Guide to this top Dorset butterfly site, including: location, description, species of interest and photo gallery.
Ann did very well to spot this caterpillar of the Sallow Moth at the base of Duncliffe Wood (North Dorset) on 25/06/2017 Save
We have had some comments about the lack of butterflies this year, which isn’t true statistically, but we agree the species we see in our gardens have been lacking recently. However, Dave Law sends us heartening news.
Small Copper. Photo: Dave Law
Dave had Small Coppers in his garden near Shaftesbury on 5/09/18 and tells us that on his walk up through the fields to Duncliffe Woods the third generation of this species were present in good numbers.
2018 certainly appeared to be a good year for this tiny but impressive butterfly.
Eyed Hawkmoth Caterpillar. Photo: Dave Law
Dave found this Eyed Hawkmoth Caterpillar in his garden near Duncliffe Wood, Shaftesbury on 20/08/18 Continue reading