Category Archives: Gallery

View of a reddish orange and black butterfly with white markings on wingtips resting on the ground.

Red Admiral. Photo: Penny Hawes

Penny was out on one of her favourite walks when she spotted this Red Admiral, the first butterfly she has seen this this year – it was sunning itself along the little woodland path to Sharford Bridge on Monday 20/01/2020.  The sunny conditions a few days ago seem to have lured a number of these out of their shelter and hiding places to take advantage of the sunshine and we hope they were able to find somewhere warm to shelter overnight from the cold frosty conditions.

View of orange butterfly with brown/black and yellow markings whilst resting on a green Ivy leaf.

Comma. Photo: Malcolm Gould

The first photo of a Comma sent to the Gallery this year.  Malcolm saw this one at the edge of Burtt’s Harley, a wood north of Gussage All Saints – the photo was taken at midday on 19/01/2020. Malcolm added that it is looking a bit faded and tatty but is sunning itself on ivy.

View of reddish orange, brown and black butterfly with white markings on the wingtips resting near a muddy puddle.

Red Admiral. Photo: Geoge McCabe

George has sent us this photo of the first butterfly he saw this year when he was out for a walk and not even looking for butterflies – spotted at the Coppice behind the Littlemoor water tower, Weymouth on 19/01/2020.  George added that it seemed to enjoy the mud around the puddles!

Blue butterfly showing forewings, whilst resting on grass

Chalkhill Blue. Photo David Simmonds

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: David Simmonds

David sent us these photos of a Chalkhill Blue he found at Hambledon Hill on 2/08/19.

This is a species giving cause for concern in many areas of its known habitat, as it appears to be thriving on some of the sites but not on others where it used to be found in reasonable numbers.

Red and Black spotted moths mating on Bedstraw

Six-spot Burnet Moths. Photo: Cath Morrison

Cath and Rob were rather surprised I imagine when walking at Badbury Rings on 17/07/19 to see these Six-spot Burnet moths mating so quickly after emerging. No time to lose!

So often all you see are the transparent silvery cases left behind after the moth emerges sometime between late June-August. and then can be found nectaring on thistles and knapweeds.

View of a brown and black butterfly with some white markings resting on a stone wall.

Red Admiral. Photo: Paul Godier

Paul has sent us this photo of a Red Admiral he saw in South Street, Dorchester on Wednesday, 18/12/2019. He told us that it was flying vigorously to and fro across the street, above the Xmas shoppers on Market Day presumably seeking a roost for the winter. Quite remarkable that he was able to spot the butterfly in the busy street and to get this photo – it is quite late in the year to see a Red Admiral and this may well be the last photo of one sent to the Dorset BC Gallery for this year.

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.