Category Archives: Recording

Butterflies reported to the website breaking records

a blue male and brown female butterfly both with orange spots and blue studs mating
Silver-studded Blues mating. Photo: Mel Bray

Compared to last year, most of this year has been better, though mid-June was actually down on last year’s totals. However, the recent spell of sunny weather has changed that with numbers being up by 38% Continue reading

Butterfly desert in Dorset?

White holes map around Ibberton
Area around Ibberton where no butterflies reported by June 2019.

We’ve had reports of Brimstones in Bournemouth, Peacocks and Painted Ladies in Poole and Hairstreaks in Hazelbury Bryan. But one of the loveliest, most rural patches of Dorset is currently looking like a butterfly desert.

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Last year of current recording cycle

Green butterfly on a bramble leaf
Green Hairstreak on a bramble leaf, showing how small it is. Photo: Shona Refoy

The butterfly season is very much underway now, with 20 species reported to this website, including the Green Hairstreak and Dingy and Grizzled Skippers, but we need lots more records throughout 2019 as Continue reading