Brian’s Harmon’s Cross garden really is a haven for butterflies and he has sent us these photos taken in it on 02/07/2020 showing just two of the many species he has recorded in it so far this year.
Another photo from Brian’s garden in Harman’s Cross taken on 30/06/2020 and sent to us by him with the following comments:
We have put up a small marquee on the lawn and the Marbled Whites seem to like to shelter in it overnight!. Each night there are a couple of them on the inside walls. With the bad weather on Tuesday, this one did not move from Monday evening through to Wednesday morning.
Brian told us that the last two days have been rather Orange when he sent in these two photos with the following comments:
Yesterday I saw a female Dark Green Fritillary in our garden at Harman’s Cross near Swanage, but alas did not get a photo. Today, 29/06/2020 it was replaced by 2 very pristine Silver-washed Fritillaries, and a Comma. See photos. The garden is also awash with Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Marbled Whites, plus a few Large and Small Skippers, Gatekeeper and Red Admiral.
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Two photos sent to us by Brian with the following observations:
We went for a walk today, 21/06/2020 from Chickerell to Langton Herring following the footpath by The Fleet.
We saw lots of Meadow Browns and Small Whites, plus a small number of Marbled White, Green-veined White, Large Skipper, Small Heath, and just 2 Small Tortoiseshells. These are the first Small Tortoiseshells I have managed to photograph this year. As we ascended from the Fleet towards Langton Herring we passed through some flower meadows which last year were teeming with butterflies, but alas this year they looked parched and dry with just a couple of Meadow Brown in attendance. Last year we saw loads of Painted Lady and Common Blue there.
Brian sent us this photo taken on 16/06/2020 with the following comments:
Lots of Meadow Browns in our garden at Harman’s Cross near Swanage at the moment – looks like there will be some next year as well!!
Brian spotted this male Clouded Buff moth while visiting Higher Hyde on 8/06/20.
The feathered antennae is a useful diagnostic feature when sexing many moths,though the antennae of males is always broader than those of females.
It is mainly found on heathland or moorland between June and July.
Brian sent us this Tale of Two Skippers with these photos:
We did our Durlston East transect count today, 14/06/2020 and were seeing Large, Small and Lulworth Skippers. After counting all 3 close to Tilly Whim on the coast path, we continued to the meadows and I saw a Skipper that I was convinced was a Lulworth – not somewhere we usually find them. On a closer look and taking a photo, it was the smallest dark coloured Large Skipper I think I have ever seen. I have attached photos of a Lulworth Skipper we saw today near Tilly Whim, and the Large Skipper in the meadows – both are female. Unfortunately from the photo you cannot see just how small the Large Skipper is.
Brian sent us these two photos with the following comments:
We saw our first Small Copper this year in our garden today, 11/06/2020 at Harman’s Cross near Swanage. Always a really lovely sight, bringing our species total in our garden to 19 this year.
Brian sent us these two photos he took on 09/06/2020 together with the following comments:
I did the transect count at Godlingston Heath this morning and saw 6 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary – this one was perched on gorse. Later in the afternoon I saw my first Marbled White this year in our garden at Harman’s Cross near Swanage – it is very early for this species! Looks as if a bird took a fancy to its wing!
Brian is quite right about the Marbled Whites being early this year – the first recorded sighting of one sent to Dorset BC this year was on 19/05/2020 whereas in 2019 it was on 05/06/2019