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view of a Red Admiral nectaring on Clematis Cirrhosa showing upper wing pattern

Red Admiral. Photo: Harold Gillen

Harold was pleased to see three Red Admirals and a Brimstone in his Sandford garden on 15/02/19, all nectaring on his beautiful Clematis Chirrhosa.

This winter flowering Clematis is such a useful winter flowering plant for all pollinators such as butterflies coming out of hibernation as well as the numerous bees that can be seen searching for pollen on sunny winter days.

view of a Peacock among leaf litter

Peacock. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona sent us this photo of a Peacock seen in what she described as a half hearted mating refusal position at Kingston Lacey NT allotments on 13/10/18.  Sometimes the abdomen is raised very markedly it can indicate the female has already mated and doesn’t want further attention. However when the abdomen is raised only slightly it may be a sign of receptiveness on her part. Poor males, let’s hope they are good at reading the signals.

view of a Common Blue Female, carrying a red mite

Common Blue. Photo: Alison Copland

Alison photographed this female Common Blue at Worth Matravers on 6/08/18.

The red mites are trombidium breei, and although they look unpleasant, do not apparently harm the butterfly.They are also found on other species such as Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, and Small Skippers to name a few of long grassland species affected.

view of a Brimstone nectaring on a dandelion

Brimstone. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark sent us this photo of a Brimstone from Motcombe Meadows  which he took on 14/04/18.

This is a species which over winters as an adult, and can be seen on the wing on warm winter’s days when it comes out of hibernation.

Most Brimstones that survive the winter will end their life cycle in Midsummer when new young Brimstones can be seen.

view of a Grizzled Skipper  nectaring on a small pink flower growing low in grassland, showing all it's upperwings

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: John Woodruff

John came across this Grizzled Skipper at Clubman’s Down on 13/05/18 about a week after the first one for 2018 was recorded in Dorset.

Like most skippers, the Grizzled Skipper is extremely difficult to follow when in flight, but will stop to feed from various nectar sources. Once settled, the black and white pattern on the wings, from which this species gets its name, is unmistakable.

view of a Brown Arguson a pink flower showing all upperwings

Brown Argus. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian saw this Brown Argus while at Ballard Down on 30/07/18.

Unlike most other “blues”,and this species is one, the Brown Argus has no blue scales on its upperside, both sexes being primarily brown in colour as its common name suggests, although the butterfly does exhibit a blue sheen when at certain angles to the light. Both sexes have beautiful orange spots on the upperside of both forewings and hindwings.