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An orange and brown butterfly resting on a green leaf

Gatekeeper ab. Photo: Mark Pike

Orange and brown butterfly resting on a green leaf

Meadow Brown ab. Photo: Mark Pike

Another great day at Alner’s Gorse for Mark on 07/07/2020 when he took these two photos which he sent us with the following observations:

An unknown Gatekeeper ab, the right forewing is lacking the black around the usual white spots as the left wing does. The Meadow Brown ab.caeca (at least that is the closest I can find) that unusually has no white spots in the black patches.

Photo of reddish orange and black butterfly with white markings near the wing tips whilst resting on a green leaf

Red Admiral. Photo: Roger Peart

Roger has sent us this photo taken on 07/07/2020 of a Red Admiral seen over the fence from his Wimborne Garden where the old Wimborne railway used to run and now a very overgrown area.

Editor’s Note:  This is a very photogenic butterfly and it surprises me that we have only had a few photos of it sent to us this year despite over 300 sightings of them being reported to our website so far this year.

NB. This is NOT a request for more photos of Red Admirals but rather a reminder not to forget our more common species.

Orange butterfly with black and yellow markings resting on a lilac coloured Buddleia flower

Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Shona Refoy

Orange and brown butterfly with black and yellow markings resting on a lilac coloured Buddleia flower

Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Shona Refoy

Following the recent sightings of a Large Tortoiseshell in Broadcroft Quarry, Shona went there yesterday 06/07/2020 and has sent us these photos with the following comments:

After four hours of searching, I found this butterfly nectaring in the middle of a Buddleia – it was too windy for the butterfly to use the upper flowers, so it made taking photos a bit tricky! It is almost certainly the same butterfly as the one photographed by Mark Pike the day before, as it was nectaring on the same Buddleia. A piece of the left hindwing has been lost between Mark’s photos and mine.

A resting orange butterfly with black and yellow markings

Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Richard Belding.

Orange butterfly with black and yellow markings nectaring on a pink flower.

Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Richard Belding

Broadcroft Quarry is certainly attracting the butterfly hunters searching for the Large Tortoiseshell.  Richard went there yesterday, 07/07/2020 and has sent us these two photos saying that if it is the the same individual that Mark Pike photographed 2 days ago it has got a lot tattier.

Orange butterfly with black spots and margins to the wings nectaring on a pink flower

Small Copper. Photo: Ann Barlow

Orange butterfly with black markings perched on a seed head

Small Copper. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann was recently back at one of her favourite local sites in Corfe Mullen and was rewarded with these photos of this fine Small Copper which she sent to us with the following comments:

I visited the orchid field on 05/07/2020 – quite a windy day, with not many butterflies about, but this lovely Small Copper was undaunted, and posing very beautifully for me. 

Two silvery blue butterflies with black spots on the wings, both resting on a seed head

Small Blues. Photo: Rob Morrison

Two silvery blue butterflies with black spots on their wings and one dark brownish blue butterfly, all resting on a seed head

Small Blues. Photo: Rob Morrison

Rob travelled to Portland yesterday, 06/07/2020 and has sent us this report of his visit together with these two photos:

I enjoyed my first visit to Broadcroft Quarry and was impressed by the abundance of butterflies on a breezy, yet sunny day.  There was an abundance of Small Blues in very localised spots. This pair was continually harassed by what I presume were other males and were continually pirouetting around this plantain The harassing individuals were scattered by the fluttering of wings – again, presumably the male.

Greyish brown and orange butterfly resting on a tree trunk

Grayling. Photo: John Woodruff

Greyish brown butterfly resting on a tree trunk

Grayling. Photo: John Woodruff

Two more photos from John sent in with the following comments:

A quick afternoon outing down to Morden Bog this afternoon, 05/07/2020 searching for Graylings resulted in these beauties and a worthwhile trip. The heath was very windy and I had to search in amongst the tree line to find where they were hiding.

Orange and chocolate brown butterfly with some white dots on the wings resting on a green leaf

Gatekeeper. Photo: John Woodruff

Pale silvery blue butterfly with some black spots on the wings resting on a green leaf

Holly Blue. Photo: John Woodruff

John sent us these photos taken on 05/07/2020 with the following comments;

A couple from this morning’s gentle stroll around Chase Wood. Glad to see a decent emergence of Gatekeepers is now underway and delighted to see a second brood Holly Blue which stayed around long enough for me to take a number of shots of it.

Golden brown butterfly nectaring on a purple flower

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Rob Morrison

View of a golden brown butterfly nectaring on a purple flower

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Rob Morrison

Two photos from Rob taken on 08/06/2020 which he sent in with the following comments:

After slow results in finding good numbers of Lulworth Skippers to the east of Lulworth yesterday, counts today were in the tens of individuals to the east of White Nothe on the SE facing sections of coast path below Chaldon Herring in variable sunlight.  Also found were both Large and a few Small Skippers as well as a Dingy Skipper.  Numerous Burnet moths were also seen. 

Editors Note:  The Lulworth Skipper in the top photo has a red mite (trombidium breei) on it just behind the right eye – some species are more prone to these than others but they do not seem to harm the butterflies.

Orange butterfly with black and yellow markings resting on a lilac flower

Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Mark Pike

Brown butterfly with some blue markings nectaring on a lilac flower

Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark went to Broadcroft Quarry on Portland today, 05/07/2020 in search of the much talked about Large Tortoiseshell and was rewarded with this super example of one – the first he had ever seen.  Mark added that he wondered if it was the one seen here last Friday?