Author Archives: Lyn Pullen

Small Tortoiseshell struggling in Dorset and England

Orange butterfly iwth yellow, black and blue markings, on a white wall
Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona Refoy from Broadstone, took this lovely picture on 07/09/18, and adds the shocking statement “I was delighted to see this butterfly, my first sighting [of this species] in Dorset this year!” Continue reading

Yellow butterfly on rich purple buddlia flower spike

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Mike Skelton.

Black, red and white butterfly on a wall

Red Admiral. Photo: Mike Skelton.

Two lovely reminders that butterflies are to be seen in towns as well as the countryside. Mike comments that these two species have recently been more plentiful than at any time earlier this year. He saw the Clouded Yellow at the Boscombe Cliff Gardens on 25/09/2018, and the Red Admiral, drinking at a seepage at the Manor zigzag in Boscombe (Bournemouth) on 23/09/2018.

orange black and white butterfly on ivy buds

Painted Lady. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian says:

What a lovely day today to do the last transect walk of the season at Durlston East. We saw this Painted Lady just below Durlston Castle on the coast path – it looked really special against the bright blue sky. A nice memory to look back on as we wait for the 2019 season.

We have only had one other Painted Lady reported recently, so keep your eyes open and record your sighting here to let us know if you see one.