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A blue butterfly with some white markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Common Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

A blue and brown buttefly with orange, black and white markings resting on a green leaf

Adonis Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

A great butterfly spotting day for Shona who sent in these photos telling us:

It was my best butterflying day of the year so far today, 07/05/2021 on a gloriously sunny Ballard Down. The first photo is one of the first four Common Blues I have seen this year and the second one is the only Adonis Blue I have seen so far, and may be the first reported sighting in Dorset this year.

Editor’s Note:  The second (bottom) photo clearly shows the diagnostic fine black veins that cross the outer white fringes of the wings of the Adonis Blue which are not present on the Common Blue (top photo).  It also appears that this sighting of the Adonis Blue is the first one reported to Dorset BC this year – the first one reported to us last year was seen on 27/04/2020 (10 days earlier).

A blue butterfly with a white fringe to the wings resting in the vegetation

Adonis Blue. Photo: Gary Holderness

Two brownish butterflies with orange, black and white markings resting in the vegetation

Adonis Blues. Photo: Gary Holderness

Gary has sent in these two photos telling us:

I took the great advice of the Dorset Butterfly Conservation website and travelled to Fontmell Down Nature Reserve on 01/09/2020 to see my first ever Adonis Blue butterflies. Fantastic – must have seen around 15, perhaps more.  For someone a bit new to it all it was a great day out .

Blue butterfly with a white fringe to the wings resting on the ground

Adonis Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

Blue butterfly nectaring on a yellow flower

Adonis Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona sent in these two photos with the following comments:

What a difference 9 days and a few storms makes!  I was surprised to see this quite fresh (top photo) Adonis Blue at Badbury Rings on 17/08/2020 as I hadn’t seen one there before.  Returning yesterday, 26/08/2020 on a very breezy day, the Adonis Blues looked somewhat the worse for wear (bottom photo).  I saw three males on both visits.

View of a blue butterfly with a white fringe to the wings resting on green foliage

Adonis Blue. Photo: Derek Fowler

Derek sent us this photo with the following comments:

I visited Giant Hill this morning, 17/08/2020  to see if the Adonis were about yet and got this photo. I have never before seen one bask like this. 

View of a bright blue butterfly resting on the green stem of a Sedge plant

Adonis Blue. Photo: Edmund Mackrill

Edmund sent us this photo of an Adonis Blue he took at Portland on 17/05/2020 adding the comment:

Not sure what it was doing with its proboscis extended on the Sedge stem. Finding something it liked no doubt.

View of a bright blue butterfly on a yellow flower

Adonis Blue. Photo: Paul Freedman

View of a brown and orange butterfly resting on green foliage

Small Heath. Photo: Paul Freedman

Paul sent us these photos saying that he had experienced a weekend of contrasts on Ballard Down.  Last Thursday 07/05/2020 he told us he saw a multitude of butterflies there, including this Small Heath and the Adonis Blue plus many others but on Sunday, 10/05/2020 when he returned there was virtually nothing on the wing except for a solitary Painted Lady which braved the chilly wind.

View of a resting blue butterfly

Adonis Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of two resting brown butterflies with some paler markings

Dingy Skippers. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian has sent us these two photos with the following comments:

I walked from home to Ailwood Down today, 09/05/2020 then along the bottom path to Challow Hill near Corfe Castle and only passed 5 people – all very strange. At the base of Challow Hill I came across this pair of Dingy Skippers eyeing each other up. The smaller one is the female, and the larger paler one is a male. I then walked up onto Challow Hill from Corfe Castle and part way up the hill saw my first Adonis Blue of the year. I also saw my first Common Blue of the year but alas did not get a photo. Small Heath have also just started to appear on the hillsides of Ailwood Down, Rollington Hill and Challow Hill.

View of a Blue butterfly with beige underwings with white, black and orange markings resting on a yellow flower

Adonis Blue. Photo: George McCabe

View of a brown butterfly with pale coloured markings resting on the ground

Dingy Skipper. Photo: George McCabe

George sent us these photos taken on 07/05/2020 with this wonderful commentary:

To be honest with you, you are getting so many great pictures they put mine to shame, so l was going to put my Brownie box camera away. However I wanted to visit Sutton Poyntz water reservoir as l spotted Green Hairstreaks there at this time last year, and it seems to be the only place in Weymouth to spot them, so the Dog and l with the Brownie had a wander  First thing l spotted was a cluster (don’t know the real term for a lot of butterflies altogether) of blue butterflies coming down the hill slope flying past me. The dog just sat there in disbelief as l started chasing them down the hill to get a photo; they turned out to be Adonis Blues (7 in total), then l managed to spot what l was after, the Green Hairstreak (4) and to top it off my obligatory butterfly in the muddy puddle this time a Dingy Skipper. It had been a good day but the Brownie will have to go!

Editors. Notes:  You have to be of a certain age to fully appreciate the reference to the Brownie Box Camera and secondly, according to Google the most commonly used word for a collection of butterflies is kaleidoscope.

View of beige coloured butterfly with black and white spots on the wings resting on the ground.

Adonis Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

View of dark brown butterfly with orange spots and white fringe to the edges of the wings resting on a hand.

Adonis Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona has sent us this photo of a female Adonis Blue she came across at the foot of Hambledon Hill on 05/09/2019.  Looking at the photo on a cold, frosty December morning, Shona’s comments below are a heart warming reminder of the pleasure butterflies give us.

I nearly trod on her as she was lying on her side on the path (first photo). Wondering if she was alive, I slid my hand under her, and she climbed aboard! I watched her as she opened and closed her wings, then swung my hand round so we had a good look at each other before she flew off up the hill. Seeing her on my hand shows how small she is (my hands aren’t huge)!