A brown butterfly with some paler and black markings resting amongst some green vegetation

Grayling. Photo: Ann Barlow

A brown butterfly with some pale markings nectaring on a pink flower

Grayling. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann sent in these two photos of Grayling she took on Upton Heath in the lovely weather yesterday afternoon, 05/09/2021.  She also told us that there were quite a few different butterfly species on Upton Heath at the time and that these are the first photos she has actually managed to take of a Grayling.

A green butterfly on a purple flower

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona sent us this photo with the following comments:

I went to Upton Heath this morning, 18/07/2021 and wasn’t surprised to see two Green Hairstreaks, but I was surprised by how fresh this one looks at this time of year!

View of a green butterfly resting on a green leaf

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Ann Barlow

A golden brown butterfly resting on green vegetation

Large Skipper. Photo: Ann Barlow

For Ann it was finally “mission accomplished” in her quest to get a photo of a Green Hairstreak when she was on Upton Heath yesterday, 08/07/2021.  She told us:

It was lovely. They were going much too fast until the sun went in, and then getting a photo of one resting was challenging because of the gorse and wood ants from a nearby nest who kept climbing up my legs!!

She also sent us this photo of a Large Skipper she saw there.

A resting orange butterfly with black markings

Small Copper. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann sent us this photo of a lovely fresh-looking Small Copper she saw on Upton Heath in the morning of 25/04/2021 in rather challenging blustery conditions. She also mentioned that she had been hoping to see a Green Hairstreak there but it was very quiet and she didn’t find one.

White oblong shaped moth with 2 dots on each  and with a yellow borderforewings

Four-dotted footman. Photo: Donald Simcock

Donald sent us this photo on 11/01/21 of a Four-dotted footman which he found on Upton Heath last June and didn’t identify until recently.

It has one generation Mid June-early August and is found on heathland, moorland, damp grassland, fens and open woodland.

A chocolate brown and cream butterfly resting on a green leaf

Speckled Wood. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann sent us this photo of a Speckled Wood with the following comment:

It was nice to see 2 Speckled Woods enjoying the sunshine on the side of the path up to Upton Heath view point today, 14/10/2020 before the showers arrived.

View of two green butterflies mating on the branch of a conifer

Green Hairstreaks. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona sent us this photo with the following comments:

I went for a very windy walk on Upton Heath this afternoon, 23/05/2020 and really did not expect to see any butterflies, but took my camera with me just in case.  I was surprised to see a Green Hairstreak in the area where I have had previous sightings, and even more surprised when I saw this mating pair!

I presume that the tatty one on the right is the male, unless anyone would like to correct me on this?

View of a green butterfly resting on green leaf

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Shona Refoy

View of a green butterfly resting on a green leaf

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Shona Refoy

These two photos were sent to us by Shona with the following comments:

This afternoon, 26/04/2020 I went to Upton Heath and saw my first Green Hairstreak of the year, just a few feet from where I took my last Green Hairstreak photo of 2019.  The first photo shows a glimpse of upperwing, as his wings were slightly blown apart by the breeze. The second shows him perching with wings angled to the sun – he spent some time in the same area, flying from one leaf to another.

View of orange butterfly with black and brown markings resting on a branch.

Comma. Photo: Ann Barlow

A great photo of a Comma sent to us by Ann taken yesterday, 27/03/2020 at the edge of Upton Heath, near Corfe Mullen, where there was a nice sunny spot with several butterflies about.  She told us that there were at least 2 Commas and 2 Peacocks there and that this one had found a nice sunny branch which it kept returning to making it a bit easier to get a photo.

The Comma is the third most common species reported to Dorset BC so far this year with 60 records received, the first one being on 19/01/2020.  Brimstones currently head the list with 237 records received followed closely by Peacocks with 229.