Author Archives: Lynda Lambert

Large brown moth showing yellow underwings when in flight

Large Yellow Underwing Moth. Photo: George McCabe

George’s dogs looked up and became alert when this Large Yellow Underwing landed on the kitchen floor in their Weymouth home on 24.07/19. George said it was one of a number that had gained their attention that week.

These moths have one protracted generation June- Oct and sometimes November, peaking in August. and is long lived.

It comes readily to light sometimes in huge numbers.

a colourful caterpillarfeeding on an evergreen shrub

Small Eggar Caterpillar. Photo: George McCabe

 

When George was walking his dogs along Icen Way on 4/07/19 he spotted this Small Eggar moth caterpillar in the hedgerow. This a Nationally Scarce B species, but can be found  most frequently in Dorset and Somerset.

It can be found April -July and its foodplants are chiefly Blackthorn and Hawthorn,  but will also use elms, Spindle, Apple and Grey Willow.

White butterfly with a fly on it's under-wing

Large White with Fly. Photo: Mark Pike

 

Orange Butterfly with tails and white diagonal lines on forewings

Brown Hairstreak > Photo: Mark Pike

Mark sent us this photo of a Large White from Alner’s Gorse on 1/08/19, wondering how it didn’t notice the fly on its wing. No answer to that  unless anyone else has any idea?

The Brown Hairstreak was a surprise too, as it was very low down on Ragwort rather than high in trees as is their usual practice.

Small brown butterfly  with orange spots and a white fringe around wings

Common Blue .Photo: Luc Mitchem

BLack, orange and white buitterfly resting on a gravel track

Painted Lady. Photo: Luc Mitchem

Luc went for an afternoon stroll in Smokey Hole Lane, Dorchester on 31/07/19 and sent us these photos of a female Common Blue, and one of ten Painted Lady butterflies which he saw there. On this photo the Painted Lady appears to have ‘eyes’ to warn off predators, not always so noticable when viewed in the field.

This a lovely example of a female Common Blue, showing the blue basal flush and a clear pattern of spots around the wing borders.

small golden butterfly with spotted fore-wings and silver spots on under-wings

Silver-spotted Skipper. Photo: Mark Pike. 

When Mark went to Fontmell Dowm on the 5/08/19 in search of Silver-spotted Skippers, he found seven of this delightful but scarce little butterfly.

This species is found on chalk grassland that contains short, sparse, turf. This warmth-loving species is typically found on south facing slopes on which its sole foodplant, Sheep’s-fescue, grows.

In Dorset Fontmell Down is the only site it has been found in recent years.