Greyish brown moth , with darkn brown crossbands on forewings.

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.

Black moth with 6 red blotches on  each forewing

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.


Track leading through a grassy area
Perryfields Reserve looking west. Photo: Bernard Franklin

Guide to this top Dorset butterfly site, including: location, description, species of interest and photo gallery.

view of a pair of Chalk Hill Blues mating

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.

view of a Chalk Hill Blue resting on rocks with wings open

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.

Two butterflies on a pink flower - one white with black markings and the other brown and orange

Marbled White and Meadow Brown. Photo: Penny Hawes

Two brown butterflies resting on green vegetation

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.