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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.
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.
This tiny but beautiful moth, commonly known as a Mint moth (Pyrausta Purpuralis) turned up in Brian’s garden at Harman’s Cross on 22/08/19.This one is visiting Fleabane, but they are often found in Summer nectaring on Mint,as the name suggests, or other herbs such as Marjoram and Oregano.
Well, we think it’s a Red Admiral…. Paul said he was delighted, after the prolonged rain and high winds, to see a butterfly resurgence in Boscombe Cliff Gardens on 17/08/2019, but this specimen had obviously had a tough time of it!
Alwyn spotted this lovely Silver-washed Fritillary in his garden in Westbourne in Bournemouth on 31/07/2019. There were a lot of this species around earlier in the year, but they are becoming scarcer as the year goes on, and it’s nice to see one from a south Dorset locatoin.
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.