Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Photo: Martin Adlam.
Martin came across this Hummingbird Hawkmoth at rest on ivy at Rufus Castle on Portland on 22/02/21.
So early in the year, one has to wonder if they are successfully overwintering in the UK nowadays. So good to see the markings when at rest as usually when feeding they are vibrating their wings at such high speed we only see the flash of the orange underwings.
Green Hairstreak. Photo: Clive Hill
Brown Argus. Photo: Clive Hill
These two photos sent to us by Clive were both taken last year – the Green Hairstreak was taken on 16/05/2020 at Pamphill and the Brown Argus at Cerne Abbas on 25/04/2020 where Clive told us he saw many butterflies.
Red Admiral. Photo: Paul Godier
Paul sent in this photo telling us:
In the sunshine today, 01/03/2021 saw this basking Red Admiral. Nearby on the path was a Small Tortoiseshell. Both at Stour Valley Nature Reserve.
Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: John East
John has sent us this photo telling us:
Whilst having lunch today, 01/03/2021 we noticed something fluttering in one of our Daphne bushes so went outside to investigate and found this Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on its highly scented flowers. This is the third butterfly species we have seen this year in our Hinton St Mary garden. Not surprisingly the butterfly is a bit tatty round the edges having survived a winter hibernation.
Peacock. Photo: Maurice Budden
With the warmer weather over the past few days, Peacock butterflies have been seen in various parts of Dorset. For Maurice, who sent us this photo it was his first butterfly sighting of the year – seen in his Bridport garden on 28/02/2021.
Brimstone. Photo: Lynda Lambert
Red Admiral. Photo: Lynda Lambert
Lynda sent in these photos of her first butterflies for the year telling us:
At last my first butterflies of 2021 seen today, 26/02/2021 at Pamphill. Two male Brimstones flying together in the church meadow and one flew right over to where I was standing by the fence line, camouflaging itself at first in the bracken alongside a fresh green leaf of the exact same colour. Then a Red Admiral which looks a little worn so obviously not a migrant .
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Mark Eggleton
Mark sent us this super photo of a Large Tortoiseshell he saw on Portland on Saturday 27/02/2021 adding Continue reading
Peacock. Photo: Brian Arnold
Brian sent in this photo telling us:
At last! My first sightings of butterflies in 2021. Today, 26/02/2021 we walked near Bloxworth to see all the snowdrops, but the fine weather brought out 3 Brimstone, 2 Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell. This is my first butterfly photo of the year – a Peacock!! Hopefully many more sightings to come during the next few days of warm sunny weather. The Small Tortoiseshell settled briefly on a snowdrop but unfortunately it flew before I could take a photo – what a great photo that would have made,
Brimstone. Photo: Caroline Stringer
This first photo of a Brimstone received this year was sent in to the Gallery by Caroline who told us:
It was lovely to have this Brimstone in my garden this morning and it wasn’t until I got it up on the computer that I saw there was a shield bug just below it, also enjoying the sun. Taken on 26/02/2021 in my garden in Okeford Fitzpaine.
Small Skipper. Photo: Paul Godier
This photo was taken and sent in by Paul last summer telling us:
I saw these busy bramble flowers on East Cliff, Bournemouth on 10/06/2020 with a Small Skipper and a spider vying for space!