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Golden moth like butterfly with black tipped antennae on vetch

Essex Skipper. Photo: Mel Bray

Mel found this Essex Skipper at Throop on 16/07/19 and commented that he doesn’t often manage to photograph them with such a clear view of the black tipped antennae which is the diagnostic feature of this diminutive butterfly.

Orange Butterfly with dark brownand white  markings around wings resting on a seed head

Painted Lady. Photo: Martin Wood

A colourful reminder of the warm days of Summer, a Painted Lady seen by Martin at Longham Lakes on 7/07/19. Whilst we had fantastic numbers migrating into the UK this year, it did not turn out to be on a par with 2009 when millions were recorded.

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

Red Admiral. Photo: Roger Peart

The lovely warm sunshine yesterday,  03/12/2019 seems to have encouraged a late appearance of Red Admirals in Dorset. This photo sent to us by Roger Peart of one he saw in the afternoon on a house wall in Wimborne is the second photo taken yesterday of this species sent in for the Dorset BC Gallery. It is good to know that butterflies are still responding to occasional warmer sunny days in a cold spell and can only hope that they find somewhere suitable to return to overnight.

View of a black and reddish orange butterfly with white markings near the wing tips. The butterfly is resting on the ground and is close to two fallen apples.

Red Admiral. Photo: John Kirwin

A welcome sunny morning after a cold night encouraged this somewhat damaged Red Admiral to visit John’s Harman’s Cross garden today, 03/12/2019. John tells us that this individual has visited his garden quite a lot recently to feed on the juices leaking from rotting apples. A pretty hardy butterfly – could this be our last reported Red Admiral sighting for the year?

View of beige coloured butterfly with black and white spots on the wings resting on the ground.

Adonis Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

View of dark brown butterfly with orange spots and white fringe to the edges of the wings resting on a hand.

Adonis Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona has sent us this photo of a female Adonis Blue she came across at the foot of Hambledon Hill on 05/09/2019.  Looking at the photo on a cold, frosty December morning, Shona’s comments below are a heart warming reminder of the pleasure butterflies give us.

I nearly trod on her as she was lying on her side on the path (first photo). Wondering if she was alive, I slid my hand under her, and she climbed aboard! I watched her as she opened and closed her wings, then swung my hand round so we had a good look at each other before she flew off up the hill. Seeing her on my hand shows how small she is (my hands aren’t huge)!

View of dark and light brown butterfly with wings closed hibernating in a barn.

Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Emma-Kate Perry

Emma recently sent us this photo with the following query:

So sorry to trouble you, hope you don’t mind, wasn’t sure where to ask the question. I found this little chap on 10/11/2019 under a stair in a storage barn in Lytchett Matravers the other day. I wondered if you could tell me what it is?  Is there anything we should /not do ? Just hoping everyone leaves him in peace. 

We are always very happy to try to answer your queries/questions whenever possible and one of our BC Supporters who deals with some of the queries sent to us wrote to Emma as follows – the advice given is particularly relevant for everyone at this time of the year:

It’s a Small Tortoiseshell hibernating. If the storage barn is unheated, it is already in an ideal place to sleep until spring. There is plenty of information on the web if you Google butterfly in your house. If it is in a heated place, it really needs moving to somewhere cool and dark. Small Tortoiseshell are having a thin time at the moment, so I hope it makes it through to breed in the spring.

View of reddish orange and black butterfly with some white markings on wings resting on a brick wall..

Red Admiral. Photo: Ann Barlow

In mild, sunny conditions in Autumn it is not unusual to see Red Admirals on the wing well into November and this photo taken by Ann in her Corfe Mullen garden on 13/11/2019 shows one enjoying the morning sunshine.

Red Moth with black upperwings showing two red spots on base of wings

Cinnabar Moth. Photo: George McCabe

George spotted this daytime flying Cinnabar Moth on 23/06/19 while walking around Weymouth.

A striking moth with an equally striking caterpillar which can be readily found on Ragwort ,sometimes in large numbers. the caterpillar has bright gold stripes around a black body. The moth has one generation and is in flight mid May- early August.