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View of red butterfly with black, white, yellow and blue markings resting on Pussy Willow.

Peacock. Photo: Vicki Palmer

Vicky has sent us this rather lovely photo of a Peacock sunbathing on the pussy willow at Stevens Castle Nature Reserve, Verwood yesterday 01/04/2020.

View of a white butterfly with black tips to the wings resting on a green leaf.

Orange Tip. Photo: Ian Ballam

Ian was persuaded to send us this photo of a female Orange-tip he had in his garden in Poole on 01/04/20 and I am very pleased that he did.

It is a rather lovely and delicate butterfly that really symbolizes the arrival of Spring and seeing it helps to lift the spirit which is something we all need at the moment.

Speckled Wood, Durlston

View of chocolate brown butterfly with cream coloured markings resting on a green leaf

Speckled Wood. Photo: Brian Arnold

On his daily walk yesterday, 01/04/2020 at Durlston, Brian saw his first Speckled Wood of the year – he also told us that he saw a couple of Commas there.

The first Speckled Wood reported to Dorset BC this year was on 21/03/2020 which is 3 days earlier than last year and the sunshine in the last week is doing its best to encourage them.

View of orange butterfly with black and brown markings resting on a branch.

Comma. Photo: Ann Barlow

A great photo of a Comma sent to us by Ann taken yesterday, 27/03/2020 at the edge of Upton Heath, near Corfe Mullen, where there was a nice sunny spot with several butterflies about.  She told us that there were at least 2 Commas and 2 Peacocks there and that this one had found a nice sunny branch which it kept returning to making it a bit easier to get a photo.

The Comma is the third most common species reported to Dorset BC so far this year with 60 records received, the first one being on 19/01/2020.  Brimstones currently head the list with 237 records received followed closely by Peacocks with 229.

View of 2 red butterflies with blue, black white and yellow markings resting on a green plant

Peacock. Photo: George McCabe

George tells us that was in a field next to Upwey Station yesterday, 26/03/2020 when he saw two high flying butterflies. He watched them for a couple of minutes hoping they would land somewhere so he could see what they were but they didn’t.  However, as he turned to walk away a shadow appeared over his shoulder and these two Peacocks flew into the bush in front of him, taunting him to be be quick and take their photo as they had got other things on their mind and then they were off on their amorous way.

View of an orange butterfly with cream edges to the wings and brown and black markings resting on a green leaf

Small Copper abb. Photo: Andrew Martin

Andrew has sent us this photo he took on 24/03/2020 with the following comment:

Its always a pleasure to see the first Small Copper of the Season. Every year around mid March I check a favoured spot on Southbourne Undercliff  for the first glint of copper and this year was my earliest ever sighting and a bonus its abb caeruleopunctata. 

The Dorset BC records show that between 2014 and 2019 the earliest emergence date recorded for a Small Copper was 24/03/2019 and the latest emergence date when the first one was recorded was on 17/04/2018

View of orange butterfly with black markings resting on a white flower.

Comma. Photo: George McCabe

View of red butterfly with blue, black and white markings resting on white May blossom

Peacock. Photo: George McCabe

George spotted this Comma on Mayflower blossom in the hedge running along Icen Lane, Weymouth on 23/03/2020 – he tells us he was watching a Small White and a couple of Brimstone in flight when to his surprise he noticed this Comma sunning itself and he told us nothing was going to move it.

Then on 24/03/2020 he went out with one of his wife’s dogs up to Southdown Ridge, Littlemoor, Weymouth and found a hedge full of Mayflower blossom in a sun trap where he counted 8 Peacock butterflies, one of which seemed to him to be extra-large (he told us it was quite flighty so he could only get a quick photo of it).

View of Orange butterfly with black markings resting on a yellow flower

Comma. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent us this photo taken in his Harman’s Cross Garden on 24/03/2020 with the following comment (a sentiment many of us will share):

Seems I will now be spending a lot of time in my garden looking at the wildlife there

View of red butterfly with blue, black, white and yellow markings.

Peacock. Photo: Lynda Lambert

View of orange butterfly with black markings

Comma. Photo: Lynda Lambert

Lynda has sent us these lovely photos of the first garden butterflies she has seen in her Corfe Mullen garden this year – on 20/03/2020 she saw a Comma early in the morning and later in the afternoon she saw a Peacock sunning itself.  Two photos to help lift the spirits in these difficult times.