Red Admiral. Photo: Penny Hawes
Penny was out on one of her favourite walks when she spotted this Red Admiral, the first butterfly she has seen this this year – it was sunning itself along the little woodland path to Sharford Bridge on Monday 20/01/2020. The sunny conditions a few days ago seem to have lured a number of these out of their shelter and hiding places to take advantage of the sunshine and we hope they were able to find somewhere warm to shelter overnight from the cold frosty conditions.
Comma. Photo: Malcolm Gould
The first photo of a Comma sent to the Gallery this year. Malcolm saw this one at the edge of Burtt’s Harley, a wood north of Gussage All Saints – the photo was taken at midday on 19/01/2020. Malcolm added that it is looking a bit faded and tatty but is sunning itself on ivy.
Red Admiral. Photo: Geoge McCabe
George has sent us this photo of the first butterfly he saw this year when he was out for a walk and not even looking for butterflies – spotted at the Coppice behind the Littlemoor water tower, Weymouth on 19/01/2020. George added that it seemed to enjoy the mud around the puddles!
Chalkhill Blue. Photo David Simmonds
Chalkhill Blue. Photo: David Simmonds
David sent us these photos of a Chalkhill Blue he found at Hambledon Hill on 2/08/19.
This is a species giving cause for concern in many areas of its known habitat, as it appears to be thriving on some of the sites but not on others where it used to be found in reasonable numbers.
Six-spot Burnet Moths. Photo: Cath Morrison
Cath and Rob were rather surprised I imagine when walking at Badbury Rings on 17/07/19 to see these Six-spot Burnet moths mating so quickly after emerging. No time to lose!
So often all you see are the transparent silvery cases left behind after the moth emerges sometime between late June-August. and then can be found nectaring on thistles and knapweeds.
Red Admiral in early January. Photo: Linda Stanley
Linda sent us this super photo of a Red Admiral she saw at Upton Country Park on 03/01/2020 – this one must have been very determined to make it to 2020 whilst still looking good and was probably just waiting for a bit of warmer weather to show itself. Continue reading
Silver-washed Fritillary, Valesina form. Photo: Brian Arnold
Back in the summer on 22/07/19, Brian was watching a pair of the usual orange coloured Silver-washed Fritillaries doing a mating dance across the lawn at his Harman’s Cross home when he spotted this female Valesina form. Continue reading
Common Blue. Photo: Penny Hawes
On a gloomy December day a welcome reminder of warm sunny days. A Common Blue seen by Penny Hawes at Critchel House garden on 22/06/19.
Red Admiral. Photo: Paul Godier
Paul has sent us this photo of a Red Admiral he saw in South Street, Dorchester on Wednesday, 18/12/2019. He told us that it was flying vigorously to and fro across the street, above the Xmas shoppers on Market Day presumably seeking a roost for the winter. Quite remarkable that he was able to spot the butterfly in the busy street and to get this photo – it is quite late in the year to see a Red Admiral and this may well be the last photo of one sent to the Dorset BC Gallery for this year.
Essex Skipper. Photo: Mel Bray
Mel found this Essex Skipper at Throop on 16/07/19 and commented that he doesn’t often manage to photograph them with such a clear view of the black tipped antennae which is the diagnostic feature of this diminutive butterfly.