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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.