Burnet Companion. Photo: Penny Hawes
Penny spotted this Burnet Companion moth while at our Perryfields reserve on Portland on 24/06/20.
This species is a day time flying moth and can be found in sunshine or overcast weather. Easily disturbed ,flying only short distances. It can be found in a variety of habitats, grassland, flower rich meadows, woodland rides, verges etc.
Flight season Mid May to early July.
Small White. Photo: Penny Hawes
Penny sent us this rather lovely image of a Small White. Continue reading
Six-spot burnet moth. Photo: Penny Hawes
On 30/07/20 Penny enjoyed a trip to Portland where she photographed this Six-spot burnet moth at our Perryfields Reserve. It isn’t often you see the underwings on this species so this is a very pleasing photo.
Penny tells us she met a fellow enthusiast, Martin Adlam and enjoyed a butterfly related chat. It’s always good to meet others whilst out walking who appreciate Lepidoptera, especially whilst many of our activities are so restricted due to Covid 19 and we miss out on social events where we might normally exchange views and ideas.
Guide to this top Dorset butterfly site, including: location, description, species of interest and photo gallery.
Chalk Hill Blues, Mating. Photo: Penny Hawes
Penny found these mating Chalk Hill Blues on 2/08/18 at Perryfields on Portland.
Identification of this species is sometimes confusing when only the underside of the wings are seen.
The difference between Chalk Hill Blue and Common Blue is the chequered fringe as clearly seen on the female butterfly in this photograph.
Chalk Hill Blue. Photo: Penny Hawes
Penny caught up with this pristine Chalk Hill Blue at Perryfields Quarry on Portland on 2/08/18.
The Chalk Hill Blue is found on chalk downland, although limestone downland is also used. it can be found from mid July – early Sept, and in flight looks a lot lighter than other Blues. The chequered border to the wings is a good way to distinguish it from Common Blue when at rest.
Chalk Hill Blue (female). Photo: Elaine Conlon
A female Chalk Hill Blue, photographed at Perryfields Quarry, Portland on 11/08/2016.
Common Blue pairing. Photo: Penny Hawes
A pair of Common Blue butterflies securing the next generation at Perryfields Quarry on 06/09/2016.
Butterfly Conservation volunteers joined forces with Dorset Wildlife Trust volunteers recently to harvest seed from Perryfields, one of Butterfly Conservation’s Reserves on Portland.
Marbled White and Meadow Brown. Photo: Penny Hawes
Small and Lulworth Skippers. Photo: Penny Hawes
Penny sent in these two photos that she took on a trip to Portland on 17/07/2021 telling us:
The Skippers were resting on the same stem at the Bill, (don’t ask me which Skippers they are) and the Marbled White and Meadow Brown were sharing a flower at Kingbarrow. There were probably thousands of Marbled Whites on Portland, but I only saw two Chalkhill Blues at Perryfields, usually a hotspot for them.
Editor’s Note: The top Skipper in this photo is a female Small Skipper and the bottom one is a male Lulworth Skipper – my thanks to Brian Arnold for confirming these ID’s.