Dave visited Alners Gorse on 05/09/2019 and sent in these lovely photos taken on his visit there. He commented that although the season may be winding down Alners Gorse is still a fantastic place to go for a good variety of butterflies and whilst there he saw immaculate Commas, Green-veined Whites in good numbers as well as Red Admirals, Common Blues , Painted Ladies and Small Tortoiseshells.
On a rather cloudy morning a visit to Alners Gorse on 08/08/2019, Mark found this superb female Brown Hairstreak which very obligingly was good enough to “display” on his fingertip. Continuing with his search despite the weather about an hour later he found this Gatekeeper aberration
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David spotted this Clouded Yellow while at Alner’s Gorse on 1/08/19.
Considering the hot weather we have had this summer, this migrant species do not seem to have been seen as often as you might expect this year.
When Mark visited Alners Gorse on 23/07/19 not only did he find an early Brown Hairstreak but he somehow managed to get it to pose on his finger! Mark, the Butterfly Whisperer! Normally these butterflies are seen up fairly high up in trees and only occasionally on lower vegetation.
The Holly Blue was too shy but posed nicely on a leaf for him to take a photo. This would be one of the recently emerged 2nd generation, and can be seen on the wing into early September.
Mark commented that this female Brimstone was so well camouflaged against the leaf she settled on at Alners Gorse when he visited the reserve on 29/07/19.
Not so were the caterpillars of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly which is found at Alners Gorse,. The mite, trombidium breei seen on one of the caterpillars is often found on butterflies and other insects but apparently does them no harm.
Caroline took some arty shots of this Marbled White and Large Skipper whilst at Alners Gorse on 13th July.
There have been good numbers of both these species in Dorset this summer and they can still be found on the wing for a little while yet.
Lots of aberrations are being reported this year. This one from Mark was seen at Alners Gorse,on 15/07/19 and is a Ringlet, ab. cuneatea. As you can see the rings are elongated rather than round.
Mark witnessed this scene at Alners Gorse on 16/07/19 and tells us:
Male Silver Washed Fritillaries queue to gain the attentions of a valesina female, of which incidentally none were lucky boys!