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view of a pair of grey coloured  Poplar Hawkmoths mating

Poplar Hawkmoths, Mating. photo: Dave Law

Dave found these on 10th June, and tells us:

Found this mating pair of Poplar Hawkmoths while having a days fishing at Todber Manor lakes . This picture clearly shows the differences in size ,colour and antennae ( female holding the branch )

This species comes to light frequently and is the most widely distributed and common species in the UK. However to find a mating pair in the daytime is a treat by anyone’s standards.

It is found from May- early August with an occasional partial second generation in the south  August- September.

red black and white butterfly nectaring on Cow Parsleyon

Red Admiral. Photo: Martin Wood

Martin was on a wildlife spotting walk at Lytchett Fields on 9/06/19  when he spotted this lovely Red Admiral.

This butterfly is primarily a migrant to our shores, although sightings of individuals and immature stages in the first few months of the year, especially in the south of England, mean that this butterfly is now considered resident. This resident population is considered to only be a small fraction of the population seen in the British Isles, which gets topped up every year with migrants arriving in May and June that originate in central Europe.

Two large pinkish moths in mating position

Eyed Hawkmoths. Photo: Julia Thomas

Julia had a nice surprise when she found this mating pair of Eyed Hawkmoths in her Corfe Mullen garden on 10/06/19.

This large moth varies in hue from grey through to a pinkish brown base colour. It can be found early May-mid July and in the South sometimes a partial second generation, Aug-Sept.

As this species is not seen on our gallery very often, the photo below has been included to show what it looks like when resting with its wings spread out.

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Photo courtesy of Butterfly Conservation

a tiny brown and gold moth with ridiculously long antennae

Yellow Barred Longhorn moth. Photo: Mark Pike

On 5/6/19 at Motcombe Meadows, Mark says:

Quite a few of these unmistakable little day flying Yellow Barred Longhorn Moths around the meadows today. 


The males (with the ridiculously long antennae) often come together in small groups to do a sort of sky dance in the sunshine, I was stood in the same spot for about five mins or so and it was fascinating to watch them. Tricky to get those antennae in the shot with the main part of the moth!

Well done Mark, you did it, a super little moth!

view of a Brown Argus with wings partially open

Brown Argus. Photo: Mike Lowing

Mike sent us this photo taken at Providence Farm on 14/05/19, and queried whether it was indeed a Brown Argus as they can be a very tricky species to identify without a clear sighting of the underside fore-wing. The Common Blue female with which this species is often confused, has an extra spot on the lower half of this wing which is missing in the Brown Argus. In Mike’s photo this area is just covered by the hind-wing making correct ID difficult.

However on balance we have decided it most probably is a Brown Argus.

There are other pointers towards correct ID which can be found on