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Pale Green caterpillar with a white line along its length

Angle Shades Caterpillar.Photo: Maurice Budden

Maurice found this caterpillar resting on a dead Pyracantha twig on 17/03/21 but was unsure what moth or butterfly it might be.

The adult will be an Angle Shades moth, which over winters as a larva and feeds during mild spells.

The flight season of the adult moth is mainly May – Oct , but is present all year round.

Help us find Elm trees in Dorset

Mid-brown butterfly with white lines and orange spots, plus a tail.
White-letter Hairstreak. Photo: Mark Pike

White-letter Hairstreak butterflies are quite rare in Dorset; their caterpillars breed on elm trees, so finding the trees will help us find the butterflies. You can help us map some of the remaining healthy Elm trees in Dorset and by so doing help us locate some of our missing White-letter Hairstreaks (WLH) Continue reading

Our meetings and coronavirus

Orange butterfly on yellow flower
Comma on Buddleia Weyeriana. Photo: Lyn Pullen

Because of concerns around the coronavirus, the Butterfly Conservation/Dorset Wildlife Trust meeting scheduled for 10 March has definitely been cancelled. We are currently taking a decision about our ‘Butterfly Trends in North Dorset’ meeting on 20 March, so please check this website before travelling to it. Continue reading