Two blackish butterflies with white markinga on some green vegetation

Grizzled Skippers. Photo: Mark Pike

Two photos from Mark sent in telling us:

A couple of hours at Higher Hyde Heath on 11/05/2024 produced just one Peacock which was hopeless, but I did go there for Emperor Moths with my lure which produced around 4 or 5.  However after getting back to our car, we found these two Grizzled Skippers getting it together in amongst the grass verge right beside the Puddletown Road!

A dark brown butterfly with white markings on a yellow flower

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Sharon Towning

A bright green butterfly on a green leaf

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Sharon Towning

Two photos from Sharon sent in telling us:

Went to Giant Hill, Cerne Abbas today, 04/05/2024 looking for the Green Hairstreak, Grizzled Skipper & Duke of Burgundy.  Didn’t see any Duke of Burgundy butterflies today but saw one Grizzled Skipper and two Green Hairstreaks.

Two butterflies on a yellow flower - one brown with creamy white markings and the other pale brown  and blue with black, white and orange markings

Grizzled Skipper & Brown Argus. Photo: David Parish

David has just sent us this photo saying:

Not much news from Hod Hill recently so I decided to pay it a visit yesterday, 01/06/2023. Very few Marsh Fritillaries but managed to catch this photo of a Brown Argus and Grizzled Skipper briefly co-existing on these flowers.

A silvery blue butterfly with some black spots on a green leaf

Small Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

A dark brown butterfly with white markings on green vegetation

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian sent in telling us:

Yesterday 25/05/2023 my wife and I met up with friends at Badbury Rings to look for butterflies hoping to see Grizzled Skippers. We saw several, and also recorded Dingy Skipper, Brimstone, Small Blue, Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral. It was a beautiful sunny day, ideal for a picnic with some butterfly spotting.

A greenish yellow butterfly on a green leaf

Brimstone. Photo: Matt Cooper

A dark brown butterfly with white markings on green vegetation

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Matt Cooper

Two photos sent in by Matt telling us:

My first “butterfly” trip of the year on 20/05/2023, to Alners Gorse ended with 6 species of damselfly, 1 Broad Bodied Chaser and 6 species of butterfly, including an Orange Tip which I somehow managed to not get a picture of at all last year!  I thought that was quite a good total as I was out quite early, before 8am and only had time for a couple of hours free. 

Also saw Holly Blue, this Brimstone (one of four I saw across the Reserve), a rather raggedy Painted Lady and this Grizzled Skipper which seemed much smaller than I remembered.

Two blackish brown butterflies with white markings

Grizzled Skippers. Photo: Ann Barlow

A greenish yellow butterfly laying eggs on a twiggy bush

Brimstone (laying eggs). Photo: Ann Barlow

Two photos from Ann sent in telling us:

I had a walk at Badbury Rings this afternoon, 09/05/2023  and instead of the predicted rain showers, there was lovely sunshine and I was very happy to see loads of Brimstones, my first Green Hairstreaks, a Peacock, Dingy and Grizzled Skippers, and several Silver Y moths. 

A brown butterfly with some white markings on green vegetation

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Mel Bray

A dark brown butterfly with white markings on a green leaf

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Mel Bray

Two photos from Mel sent in telling us:

A bright but windy day at Badbury Rings on 03/05/2023 – nothing much to see until Grizzled and Dingy Skippers appeared, and quite unexpectedly a Green Hairstreak on a bramble bush. 

Editor’s Note: It is not ‘Dingy Skipper Day’ today although as you look at this and the previous two postings it may seem like it as they each contain a photo of one

A dark brown butterfly with white markings on a green leaf

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

A dark brown butterfly with white markings on a green leaf

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

Two photos from Shona sent in telling us:

At Badbury Rings this afternoon, 29/04/2023 I was watching two male Brimstones fighting, when a much smaller butterfly joined in.  ‘Small’ turned out to be this male Grizzled Skipper, the first I have seen this year.