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Thin  winged golden brown moth

Crescent Plume moth. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark photographed this beautiful Crescent Plume moth at Badbury Rings on 1/06/20.

They are in flight Mid June -August so this one put in an early  appearance this year.

The foodplant is Restharrow and Spiny Restharrow and it  has various habitats, one being downland.

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

Butterfly with large orange tips to white wings and green mottling underneath

Orange Tip. Photo: Shona Refoy

Brown butterfly with soft paler markings

Dingy Skipper Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona tells us:

I went to Badbury Rings yesterday (29/04/2019), and saw this Orange Tip beside the path on the way to the Rings. The Dingy Skipper was in the valley between the Rings. Both are nectaring on Dandelions, which seem to be a popular source of nectar at the moment!