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Green butterfly with tails resting on ferns

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Mike Robinson


Bright green Hairstreak on Ragwort

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Mike Robinson

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 , 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.

tan and White butterfly with black dots on underwings taking minerals from bird poo

White Admiral. Photo: Mel Bray

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.

view of three Duke of Burgundys in a courtship ritual

Duke of Burgundy. Photo: Paul Swann

view of three Dukes in a courtship ritual

Duke of Burgundys. Photo: Paul Swann

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