Brian has left a wildflower patch in his lawn in Harman’s Cross, and saw these two together on 22/08/2019. It’s a great shot for showing people how small the blue is, something which those new to butterflies can find quite surprising.
Brian’s garden at Harman’s Cross is always full of surprises and this one is amusing as he tells us on 25/07/19:
Nectar plants are obviously a waste of time! All you need is a yellow hose.This Comma has been posing on our hose every afternoon this week in our garden. It must either like the colour or perhaps it thinks it cannot be seen against the yellow background. It also seems to like our Day lilies – it was hopping between a “Pose on the Hose”, and “Displaying on a Day Lily” today.
Brian sent us this photo and wanted it verified as an Essex Skipper before claiming it as a first ever record for his Harman’s Cross garden on 26/07/19. It is indeed an Essex, the blunt edged ,black tipped antennae is a good ID tool for this species.
Our County Recorder, Bill Shreeves has also verified one I found in my Corfe Mullen garden last week ,and says Brian and myself are among the elite company who have recorded Essex in the their gardens.
I hope our medals are in the post!😉
Brian sent us this special Grayling photograph on 23/07/19. Continue reading
on 13/07/19 Brain found a Scarlet Tiger moth in his garden at Harman’s Cross.
This species appears to be on the up as many are being reported on social media.
On the wing from June-July, this is a daytime flying species and can often be seen resting on leaves as in Brian’s photo.
Brian found this White-letter Hairstreak near his home at Harman’s Cross on 12/07/19 and says:
It was sat beneath the Elm trees nectaring on Creeping Thistle, and waited there for about 20 minutes allowing me to get lots of nice photos. I assume it is a female as the tails are quite long.
Brian visited an area around Sixpenny Handley with a group on 7/07/19 hoping to find Purple Emperors, but instead found beautiful Silver-washed Fritillaries including this female form, Valesina.
The top picture shows the differences in colour and size between males and females . The brighter smaller butterfly of the two is the male.
On 24/06/19 on one of his many visits to Godlingston Heath, Brian spotted these Large Skippers mating.
This lovely image is also very useful in that the tiny hooks on the antennae ,which is an ID tool for this species, are clearly visable.
This butterfly is usually on the wing in sunny weather between June- August in a variety of habitats.
Brian spotted this Dingy Skipper on the coastal path near Winspit on 3/07/19 and remarked that it was either a late first brood or a very early second brood specimen.
Will we ever know ?
Normally the first brood will have finished by the third week of June and if there is a second partial brood, they are not seen until the fourth week of July.
Brian was at Godlingston Heath on 24/06/19 and found this lovely Dark Green Fritillary and tells us:
There was a very strong wind and the butterfly was trying to hide down in the grass. It refused to move or fly despite me moving bits of grass out of the way to get his photo.
Nothing would tempt him to open his wings, except letting it climb onto my finger, and when I put it back onto the grass he immediately shut his wings again.
A lovely fresh specimen and good to be able to see the underside so clearly.