An iridescent green moth resting on a twig

Forester moth. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark found six of these beautiful iridescent green moths when he visited Motcombe Meadows on 30/05/19

This moth can be found feeding at flowers such as Ragged Robin, Field and Devil’s bit Scabious, clovers  and Viper’s-Bugloss between May and July.  Occasionally an individual can be found in August.

view of a Brimstone nectaring on a dandelion

Brimstone. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark sent us this photo of a Brimstone from Motcombe Meadows  which he took on 14/04/18.

This is a species which over winters as an adult, and can be seen on the wing on warm winter’s days when it comes out of hibernation.

Most Brimstones that survive the winter will end their life cycle in Midsummer when new young Brimstones can be seen.

Motcombe Meadows

View across some grass to a small lake, with trees behind
Motcombe Meadows: the Scrape. Photo: Peter Cooper

Guide to this top Dorset butterfly site, including: location, description, species of interest and photo gallery.

View of a Peacock resting with open wings on leaf litter, unusually showing one hindwing smaller but fully formed

Peacock. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark found this Peacock at Motcombe Meadows on 14/04/18 and noticed that one hind-wing looked a bit unusual.Interestingly the wing appears to be complete in shape and pattern but a good bit smaller than the other. This butterfly is another species that can emerge from hibernation on warm late winter or early spring days, its normal flight period being June-August.

view of Small Tortoiseshell resting with open on wings on green leaves

Tortoiseshell. Photo: Mark Pike.

Mark found this beautiful Small Tortoiseshell at Motcombe Meadows on 14/04/18.

The sun had appeared at last and this butterfly would have emerged from hibernation to enjoy the warmth. The flight times for new adults would be May-Oct in 1-3 broods