Sign up for a free online seminar on 27 November to hear Butterfly Conservation’s Dr Richard Fox speak about whether conservation efforts to save butterflies is working. Continue reading
The intrepid volunteers in the photo braved squally rain to work at our reserve on Sunday at Lankham Bottom. Continue reading
We have a beautiful 2024 calendar for sale, featuring stunning photos of butterflies for only £10 including postage. Continue reading
Have you ever stopped to think about the effect of the wind on the butterfly numbers you see? For example, where did the 29 (we think!) Red Admirals in the photo above appear from? Continue reading
Brian Weeks was on our Branch Committee for some years, looking after our computer records. Sadly, he has passed away, and Continue reading
We have our Branch Members’ Day and AGM coming up on 21 October, and could do with some help. Continue reading
We are receiving reports of (another) Red Admiral influx. Harold took this picture at Old Harry in Purbeck Continue reading
Lyn Pullen says:
I found a bright green caterpillar in my garden and at first thought it was an Angle Shades, but on close inspection it had a spur on its tail, so it was a Hawk-moth. Consulting the books, it looked likely to be a Humming-bird Hawk-moth, and checking with colleagues, this was agreed.
This moth is mainly a migrant to the UK, but is also known to breed here on occasions; I have seen several adult Humming-bird Hawk-moths around and I have some good bedstraw plants in the garden, so it looks like I’ve got them breeding. It was looking a bit limp when I found it, and I suspect it had somehow been separated from its foodplant, but giving it some bedstraw cheered it up and it’s now buried deep in the plant, away from predators. They overwinter as adults, so hopefully this one will find some shelter when it emerges: it’s welcome to share my greenhouse!
We hope you are all sending in at least one record for the national Big Butterfly Count, but we need your help filling White Holes in Dorset too.
For full details of what to do for the Big Butterfly Count, see our earlier news item. You have until Sunday 6 August to spend 15 minutes looking for butterflies at a set location.
In Dorset, we need you to help us fill what we call White Holes. The map of Dorset is divided into kilometre squares and our dream would be to have sightings from all of them. There is a map on this website showing you where no sightings have been received, leaving the unfilled squares as ‘White Holes’.
We are in the penultimate year of a five-year recording cycle, so we need a good push before the end of the butterfly season.
At the beginning of 2023 we had 666 White Holes, but this has been reduced (as of the end of July) to 567, so 99 White Holes have been filled this year, 59 of which were done in July! An excellent effort, and we send our thanks to all of you who helped.
To find out more, visit our White Holes page. For help with identification, see our detailed Species Pages, which tell you when and where each species is usually seen as well as giving help with telling them apart.
It’s fascinating to see how a butterfly’s wings actually work. Well done to Roger Peart for capturing this sequence in his Merley garden on 25 July.