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A white butterfly with light grey markings on a pink flower

Wood White. Photo: Donald Simcock

Two white butterflies with light grey markings on some green foliage

Wood White. Photo: Donald Simcock

Two photos from Donald both taken on 23/05/2024 and sent in telling us:

We have had a few days away camping at Uplyme and walking into Lyme Regis everyday.  We weren’t looking for butterflies and I hadn’t taken the right camera lens for them but we did see 6 Wood Whites. The first ones behind the sea defences in the flowery scrub on the East cliff. Then more up some steps that led to the car park and coast path. They are a dainty butterfly with a slow wing beat and very shy – as soon as I started watching them they stopped flying and headed for cover.  However, they weren’t easily spooked as I got closer and closer to photograph them.

Iron Prominent. Photo: Paul Harris

Paul trapped his third Iron Prominent on 3/05/24 in his Weymouth garden, commenting that this is a far from common species there.  A stunning moth when viewed closeup.

It has two generations in the southern and central Britain, May-June and late July- August.

An orange butterfly with brown and black markings resting on a pale green leaf

Duke of Burgundy. Photo: Nick Galer

This is the second photo of a Duke of Burgundy on the Gallery this year – this one was taken by Nick at Giant’s Hill, Cerne Abbas yesterday, 08/05/2024 who sent it to in with the following comment:

I see that 3 were recorded there yesterday, very exciting news.

Green longhorn moth. Photo: Donald Simcock

Green longhorn moth. Photo: Donald Simcock

Donald spotted these Green Longhorn moths flying about in his Bournemouth garden on 27/04/24.

Having not noticed them before he first thought they were beetles, but after a few attempts at photographing them, which is not easy, he was able to see they were tiny moths. They can sometimes be seen in big numbers dancing above foliage in sunshine.