‘White Holes’ are our term for kilometre squares where no butterflies have been reported in the current five-year recording cycle – of which 2019 is the last year. Continue reading
We have had reports of Brimstones in Bournemouth, Peacocks and Painted Ladies in Poole and Continue reading
We have had two reports recently of Glanville Fritillaries in North Dorset! Continue reading
This very tired-looking Duke of Burgundy turned up in a very surprising place: Continue reading
The nice thing about fresh butterflies is that they are easier to identify than the worn ones, which lose a lot of their identification features. This is a textbook Large Skipper taken by Shona at Badbury Rings on 28/05/2019.
An example of a very blue female Common Blue. They are usually rather browner than this, with a sprinkling of blue scales, but this one has got a lot of blue: what a lovely combination of colours! Taken at Badbury Rings on 28/05/2019
Well done to Dave for getting such a crisp shot of a female Marsh Fritillary laying eggs! Taken at Lyndlinch Common on the Butterfly Walk led by Colin Burningham on 27/05/2019, which had a good turnout. Dave says the butterflies were flying well when it wasn’t cloudy, and he saw a mating pair as well as this egg-laying female.
Another shot at Durlston Country Park on 26/05/2019. What superb camouflage, and very nice to see the underwing of the Wall for a change.
Taken by Brian at Durlston Country Park on 27/05/2019
The common species of butterfly are as important as the rare ones: please record them via our sightings page, and, when you can, photograph them – and send your photos in to us. We use pictures on this website, in our newsletter, for publicity etc., so having a good selection to choose from is very useful. Probably the least well represented species are the Large, Small and Green-veined White, and the Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper; even the Large and Small Skippers miss out. So get out with your cameras and get shooting – we can’t guarantee we will put all of them in the Gallery, but they will be kept and used as needed, always attributing them to the photographer, of course.
A cracking shot taken at Alners Gorse on 25/05/2019.