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Branch AGM elections and raffle prizes

Three people, tow sitting at a table and one standing
Left to right: Georgie (Treasurer), Adrian (Secretary) and Nigel (Chair)

Our Branch AGM is not far away. Would you like to join our Committee? If so, let us know, and we can arrange to suggest you for election at the meeting, or you Continue reading

Help needed from transect walkers in East Dorset

view of an Essex Skipper peering opver a thistle showing the diagnostic black tips to the antennae
Essex Skipper. Photo: James Gould

We are delighted that, at the eleventh hour, we have a volunteer to run the results meeting at Wimborne: huge thanks to Stephen Brown for stepping forward. We do, however need help from those who undertake the butterfly monitoring walks in the east Continue reading

view of a Silver-studded Blue nectaring on heather with wings partially open

Silver-studded Blue. Photo: Peter Salmon

Peter spotted this male Silver-studded Blue  while at Bourne Valley NR on 30/06/18.

This delightful butterfly is found in close-knit colonies, with individuals rarely flying any distance.

The newly-emerged larva feeds on the tenderest parts of the foodplant, including young shoots, buds and flowers. The larva is often found in the presence of ants, especially the black ant Lasius niger, which are believed to offer the larva some form of protection against parasites and other predators.

Hummingbird Hawk Moth, Weymouth

view of a Hummingbird Hawk Moth  resting on a window sill inside a house

Hummingbird Hawk Moth. Photo: George McCabe

George found this Hummingbird Hawk Moth in his house at Weymouth on 4/07/18 and says when he tried to catch it to put it safely outside, it played dead!

An immigrant species which sometimes occurs in large numbers, especially if there’s an extended period of warm weather or southerly airflow.

It flies in the sunshine and hovers in front of flowers, sipping the nectar with its long proboscis, very much like the hummingbird which gives it its name.

The larvae feed on bedstraw (Galium), and some of these may hatch and give rise to autumn adults in an influx year.

Work on Lankham Butterfly Reserve

A group of people in a field, with the dip of a pit in front of them; two are holding cutting equipment and there is a bonfire
Work party at Lankham chalkpit

A team of BC and EuCAN volunteers are working alongside contractors with powertools to clear the former chalkpit on the north side of the Butterfly Conservation Butterfly Reserve at Lankham Bottom. Continue reading