Duke of Burgundy. Photo: Paul Swann
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.
Duke of Burgundy ab. gracilans. Photo: Mark Pike
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.
Red Admiral. Photo: Shona Refoy
Shona caught this lovely shot along the path from Ulwell to Ballard down on 07/05/2019. It is nectaring on Hawthorn blossom: one of the glories of the spring countryside.
Small Copper. Abb. Photo: Andy Martin
Small Copper ab. Photo: Andy Martin
Andy found this Small Copper aberration at Ulwell, on 11/04/19
Peacock. photo Howard Gillen
Harold spotted this beautiful Peacock on grape Hyacinths in his Sandford garden on 17/03/19.
Tempted out of hibernation due to warm temperatures and obviously not minding the gale force winds we experienced that week.
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Mike Gibbons
Mike found this Large Tortoiseshell at Tout Quarry on 26/02/19. He tells us it was sunning itself on the rocks and was one of two seen.
Comma. Photo: Roger Peart
Roger sent us this photo of one of two Commas he saw in his Merley Garden on 25/02/19.
Commas are another species of butterfly that hibernates in Winter and will emerge when the temperature rises enough to wake them up.
Brimstone. Photo: Penny Hawes
Penny has kicked off our 2019 butterfly season with her photo of a Brimstone which she found at Arne on 14/02/19.
Pine Hawkmoth Caterpillar
Paul had quite a surprise when he sat down for a break at Lawson’s Clump on 22/08/18 and saw this Pine Hawkmoth caterpillar crawling over his blanket.
Red Admiral. Photo: George McCabe
George came across this rather tatty Red Admiral while walking at Littlemoor, Weymouth today, 17/01/19.
He tells us he saw one in the same spot last year, but seven weeks later.