Author Archives: John East

A chocolate brown butterfly with creamy yellow and black markings resting amongst some vegetation

Speckled Wood. Photo: Edmund Mackrill

A freshly emerged Speckled Wood soaking up some much needed sunshine on yet another cold spring morning.  Photo taken at Lodmoor RSPB this morning, 11/04/2021 and sent in by Edmund Mackrill.
A white butterfly with greyish veins and wing tips resting on a brown leaf

Green-veined White. Photo: Martin Wood

Martin sent us this photo of a male Green-veined White he spotted at Longham Lakes on 04/04/2021.  It is the first photo of one sent in for the Gallery this year and may well be the first sighting of one in Dorset this year.

A white butterfly with orange tips to the wings resting on a green leaf

Orange Tip. Photo: Brian Arnold

This is the photo of the Orange Tip referred to in the earlier posting showing Brian’s photos of the Green Hairstreaks.  This was also taken on 04/04/2021 along the footpath from Ailwood Down to Corfe Castle below Challow Hill.

Editor’s Note: Whilst this is not the first record of an Orange Tip reported to Dorset Butterfly Conservation this year (that was on 27/03/2021) it is the first photo of one sent in for the Gallery and what a joy it is to see.

A green butterfly perching on a gorse bush

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Brian Arnold

A green butterfly resting in green vegetation

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian sent in telling us:

Today, 04/04/2021 we walked today along the footpath from Ailwood Down to Corfe Castle. Below Challow Hill we saw a single Green Hairstreak and a couple of Orange Tips plus several other species. Is this the first Green Hairstreak seen in Dorset this year I wonder?

I have attached a couple of photos of the Green Hairstreak showing how well camouflaged it is when against a green background. It stood out quite well when perched on gorse.

Editor’s Note: To date this does appear to be the first record of a Green Hairstreak reported to the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation this year.  A photo of one of the Orange Tips Brian saw  will be added to the Gallery later in a separate posting.

A red butterfly with black, brown, creamy white and blue markings resting on green leaves

Peacock. Photo: Paul Godier

The Easter Sunday sunshine was quite a bonus for the butterflies including this Peacock which was just one of several Paul spotted in the lane to Wick from Hengistbury Head on 04/04/2021.  He also mentioned that he saw a Comma and a Brimstone there as well.

A reddish orange butterfly with black and white markings nectaring on a white flower

Red Admiral. Photo: George McCabe

A reddish orange butterfly with black and white markings nectaring on a white flower

Red Admiral. Photo: George McCabe

Two photos from George sent in telling us:

l have been out on a number of walks lately and it has been hard work spotting any butterflies. Today, 03/04/2021 on a two-hour walk along the Ridgeway near Weymouth then down the old coach/roman road into Upwey I saw nothing until l spotted some blossom out where I saw this Red Admiral and then nothing more. One thing l did notice however was how small these Red Admirals were but this does not show in the pictures.

A red butterfly with black, brown, creamy white and blue markings nectaring on white Blackthorn flowers

Peacock. Photo: Ann Barlow

A super sharp photo from a very happy Ann sent in telling us:

It was a real joy for me to get a photo of a Peacock feeding on Blackthorn yesterday, 02/04/2021 in Spetisbury – at last as I tried last spring without any success. This followed on from my best sighting yet of Dartford Warblers the day before. What a wonderful area we do live in.

A white butterfly with some black markings resting on green leaves

Small White. Photo: Donald Simcock

Donald sent in this photo of a Small White he saw yesterday, 02/04/2021 telling us:

We were in our garden in Moordown fence painting and gardening when a Small White flew in to look at what we were doing. My wife Val commented that we hadn’t seen a Small White this early before. It visited us a few times taking an interest in the Honesty plants which have just come into flower.

Editor’s Note:  To date we have had 15 sightings of Small Whites reported to our website so far this year, the first one being on 09/03/2021 (last year the first one reported to us was seen on 01/03/2020).  This however is the first photo of one sent in for the Gallery this year.

View of an orange butterfly with black and brown markings nectaring on a yellow Celandine flower

Comma. Phoro: Brian Arnold

Brian sent in this lovely photo of a Comma nectaring on a Celandine telling us:

Today, 02/04/2021 at Harman’s Cross we have had quite a cold wind, but being from the north our garden has been quite sheltered and by this afternoon it was really warm. We had our first sighting in the garden of a Brimstone and Comma, bringing our species total to 5 (also Red Admiral, Peacock and Speckled Wood a few days ago). The garden is currently awash with Primroses and Celandines which really are a magnet for the butterflies.