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.
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.
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.
Ann sent in these two photos of a Speckled Wood she saw in her Corfe Mullen garden on 04/04/2021 telling us that the butterfly was rather uncooperative when it came to having its photo taken.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.