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Dark Green Fritillary. Photo: Shona Refoy
Visiting Badbury Rings on 14/06/19 Shona found her first Dark Green Fritillary of the year. This one is a male, showing the distinct bright orange background with dark markings, whereas the females are much paler with light coloured lower wing markings.
Shona visited Badbury Rings on 14/06/19, and even though the wind was howling she found some lovely butterflies. This Marbled White is a male, the female has a creamy edge to the top fore-wings, and when seen the underwings are a lovely yellowy cream colour.
Mark braved the howling gales at Higher Hyde Heath on 8/06/19 and was rewarded with sightings of two stunning Silver-studded Blues. This species seem to be appearing a little early this year, we can only hope that the heavy rain and colder temperatures will not cause them a problem.
Martin was on a wildlife spotting walk at Lytchett Fields on 9/06/19 when he spotted this lovely Red Admiral.
This butterfly is primarily a migrant to our shores, although sightings of individuals and immature stages in the first few months of the year, especially in the south of England, mean that this butterfly is now considered resident. This resident population is considered to only be a small fraction of the population seen in the British Isles, which gets topped up every year with migrants arriving in May and June that originate in central Europe.
Quite a few of these unmistakable little day flying Yellow Barred Longhorn Moths around the meadows today.
The males (with the ridiculously long antennae) often come together in small groups to do a sort of sky dance in the sunshine, I was stood in the same spot for about five mins or so and it was fascinating to watch them. Tricky to get those antennae in the shot with the main part of the moth!
Mike sent us this photo taken at Providence Farm on 14/05/19, and queried whether it was indeed a Brown Argus as they can be a very tricky species to identify without a clear sighting of the underside fore-wing. The Common Blue female with which this species is often confused, has an extra spot on the lower half of this wing which is missing in the Brown Argus. In Mike’s photo this area is just covered by the hind-wing making correct ID difficult.
However on balance we have decided it most probably is a Brown Argus.
Shona found a good few Large Skippers at Giant’s Hill, Cerne Abbas on 1/06/19 and was pleased to get a photo of the only female (top) she saw that day before tripping on uneven ground and frightening it off.
Butterfly photography can be a dangerous hobby especially on a hillside such as Giant’s hill!😱