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Pink  moth with pink and green wings

Small Elephant Hawkmoth. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian and his wife spotted this Small Elephant Hawkmoth along with a Scarlet Tiger moth while walking the path at West Lulworth back on 5/07/20.He tells us they were sheltering from the strong winds that day.

This species usually flies at night and comes to light in good numbers, but freshly emerged individuals can be found in daytime.

View of a green butterfly resting on a bluebell flower

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Brian Arnold

I delayed adding this photo which Brian took in April 2020 to the Gallery as I thought it would be such an uplifting image to look at as we approach the shortest day of the year. Brian took this photo on a walk from his home in Harman’s Cross via Nine Borrow Down to Brenscombe Wood and Brenscome Hill.

A yellow butterfly with some black and white markings nectaring on a pink flower

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Brian Arnold

A rather tatty reddish orange, brown and black butterfly with white markings resting on a green leaf

Red Admiral. Photo: Brian Arnold

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

What a change in the weather. Today 04/11/2020 we went for a long walk with the Swanage Walking Group (last before the lockdown) from Portesham up to the South Dorset Ridgeway. There we saw 2 Clouded Yellows and 4 Red Admirals.  Although only 10 degrees it felt far warmer in the sunshine. One of the Red Admirals was a little past its best – looking more like a Comma with its battered wings, but the Clouded yellows looked quite pristine.

A red and black butterfly with white and blueish markings resting on the stone wall of a house

Peacock. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent us this photo which is a sequel to the one of a Red Admiral he sent in which was shown in a recent posting.  He told us:

Most days for the last week or so we have seen a Red Admiral in the garden often perched on our house wall to bask in the sun. Today, 16/10/2020 it was replaced by a Peacock, which was also settling high up on the walls to catch the afternoon sun. This is the first Peacock we have seen in our garden at Harman’s Cross since 27/09/2020.

Reddish orange and black butterfly with white markings resting on the stone wall of a house

Red Admiral. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent this photo to us with the following comments:

Our local Garden Centres sell large plastic butterflies to hang on house walls, but we were visited by the real thing today, 13/10/2020 at our house in Harman’s Cross! Far better than a plastic one we think. A zoomed in close up revealed that this Red Admiral was licking the stonework with its proboscis.

A chocolate brown butterfly with cream coloured markings resting on a green leaf

Speckled Wood. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of a brown butterfly with some lighter coloured markings resting on a green leaf

Speckled Wood. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos of Speckled Woods from Brian taken on 06/10/2020 sent in telling us:

After the rain and wind today came some sun which brought out 2 Speckled Woods and a Red Admiral in our garden at Harman’s Cross. Still very windy but hopefully these 2 species (survivors of the gales) will be seen in our garden for the next few weeks.

An orange and brown butterfly with some black and white markings resting on a stone

Wall. Photo: Brian Arnold

This photo of a Wall sent in by Brian was taken in his Harman’s Cross garden on 29/09/2020.  He also told us that this is probably a 3rd brood and that before this the last sighting of a Wall in his garden was back on 24/07/2020.

An orange butterfly with black and brown markings nectaring on a pink Sedum flower

Comma. Photo: Brian Arnold

A red butterfly with brown, black, blue and white markings nectaring on a pink Sedum flower

Peacock. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two more photos from Brian of newly emerged butterflies seen in his Harman’s Cross garden sent in telling us:

On 27/09/2020 this very fresh-looking Peacock appeared – the last one seen in our garden before this was on 07/08/2020. They normally emerge between about the end of July to early September.  Also on 27/09/2020 we saw a Comma – prior to this the last one in our garden was on 29/07/2020.

A blue butterfly with some black markings and a white fringe to the wings nectaring on a pink Sedum flower

Common Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

A pale brown and blue butterfly with black, white and orange markings nectaring on a pink Sedum flower

Common Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent in these photos of a Common Blue telling us:

The last 2 or 3 days of nice weather have resulted in some newly emerged butterflies appearing in our garden at Harman’s Cross including today, 29/09/2020 this very fresh-looking Common Blue. This is presumably a 3rd brood. The last ones seen in our garden were very faded and tatty on 29/08/2020.

A resting blue butterfly with some black markings and a white fringe to the wings

Common Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

An orange and brown butterfly with black markings resting on a stone wall

Wall. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian sent in with the following comments:

Today, 26/09/2020 we did the final week of the season for our Durlston East transect. We were a little surprised to see a lot more butterflies today than we expected, especially considering it was quite a cold windy day, but sunny and warm in sheltered areas. In fact, we had the highest total for the last week of the season (week 26) than we have had at Durlston since 2011. We counted 114 butterflies including several very fresh looking Common Blue and Wall, plus big counts of Small White, Large White and Red Admiral.  These two photos I took of Common Blue and Wall look as if they were freshly emerged.