Brian has left a wildflower patch in his lawn in Harman’s Cross, and saw these two together on 22/08/2019. It’s a great shot for showing people how small the blue is, something which those new to butterflies can find quite surprising.
I’ve been following Mike on Twitter and have been amazed at how many Green Hairstreaks he has been seeing throughout July on Canford Heath. This butterfly is usually at the end of its season by the third week of June http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk , but now he has found one on 4th August. This one is showing it’s age, but the above photo is of one he found on 21st July and looks pristine.
Is this a record I wonder?
Thank you Mike for responding to my request for your photos for the gallery.
When Mike visited Portland on 21/07/19 he witnessed these Chalkhill Blues having a party! They certainly look like they are enjoying the drinks, in this instance minerals from the small rock they have alighted on. Continue reading →
Mel tells us he went to Queens Copse on 26/06/19 and saw this White Admiral extracting minerals from a bird dropping. This species has only recently emerged and should be on the wing until the end of August.
Most people are happy to see one Duke of Burgundy at Cerne Abbas on the only site accessible to the public where they can be found, but Paul found these three on 12/05/19 flitting excitedly around a Hawthorn bush, in a courtship ritual. Continue reading →
Mark tells us he has seen this aberration at Giant Hill (Cerne Abbas) for the last two or three years, but this is the first decent shot he has been able to get of it. It is much more orange than the usual Duke. Continue reading →