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A greenish white butterfly with blackish markings nectaring on a magenta coloured flower

Green-veined White. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann sent in this photo of a Green-veined White she saw at The Walled Garden, Moreton yesterday, 08/09/2021 – rather nice to have this one for the Gallery as it is not a species we receive many photos of.

A brown butterfly with some paler and black markings resting amongst some green vegetation

Grayling. Photo: Ann Barlow

A brown butterfly with some pale markings nectaring on a pink flower

Grayling. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann sent in these two photos of Grayling she took on Upton Heath in the lovely weather yesterday afternoon, 05/09/2021.  She also told us that there were quite a few different butterfly species on Upton Heath at the time and that these are the first photos she has actually managed to take of a Grayling.

View of a blue butterfly with black and white markings

Adonis Blue. Photo: Ann Barlow

Two brown and blue butterflies withblack and white markings on a pinklish purple flower

Adonis Blues. Photo: Ann Barlow

Two photos sent in by Ann telling us:

I had my first visit to Fontmell Down on 28/08/2021 in the hope of seeing my first Adonis Blue, and I was not disappointed – I must have seen well over one hundred – all seemed to be pristine males. I saw many gathering in 2s and 3s on cow pats, and one ‘food source’ seemed to be especially attractive, and had at least 12 of these butterflies coming and going. 

An orange butterfly with black and white markings resting on a green leaf

Painted Lady. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann sent us this photo saying:

I stopped at Spetisbury on 24/08/2021 to check a large buddleia at the end of the trailway which sometimes has masses of butterflies and it was covered – just wonderful!  In addition to the Painted Ladies, Whites, Red Admirals, Peacocks and Brimstones, I also saw 5 Holly Blues along the edge of the adjacent field – more than I have ever seen at any one time.

A brown butterfly with orange, black and white markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Brown Argus. Photo: Ann Barlow

A brown butterfly with orange, black and white markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Brown Argus. Photo: Ann Barlow

A couple of photos of a Brown Argus taken on 22/8/2021 of one individual at the Orchid Field, Corfe Mullen – sent in by Ann who also told us that she saw a number of them there in exactly the same spot she saw them last year.

A red and black butterfly with white markings nectaring on a white flower

Red Admiral ab. bialbata. Photo: Ann Barlow

A brown butterfly with yellow markings resting on a white notice board

Speckled Wood. Photo: Ann Barlow

Two photos sent in by Ann taken on 20/08/2021 commenting as follows:

The Orchid Field in Corfe Mullen has not been anywhere near as lovely this year as last for butterflies, but today I did see this Red Admiral (looking back at one of the earlier posts, I think it’s ab bialbata), and a Speckled Wood, trying to indicate on the information board by the entrance, another species present there. 

 Editor’s Note:  It is a Red Admiral ab. bialbata – it is not uncommon but rather nice to see and the name refers to the white spot within the red band on the forewings.

A view of 3 blue and greyish brown butterflies with black, white and orange markings

Common Blues. Photo: Ann Barlow

A view of a perching blue an greyish brown butterfly with black, white and orange markings

Common Blue. Photo: Ann Barlow

Two photos from Ann sent in telling us:

I walked round Hod Hill on 02/08/2021 but sadly it was overcast all afternoon, so there weren’t many butterflies about. I had only seen one Blue complete with red mites, (bottom photo) until I came across 3 Common Blues, all sitting together on one stem (top photo).

View of a blue butterfly with black markings and a white fringe to the wings

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Ann Barlow

A pale brown and blue butterfly with black and white markings and a white fringe to the wings

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Ann Barlow

Two photos from Ann sent in telling us:

I went up to Badbury Rings again on 23/07/2021 to do a couple of Big Butterfly Counts before the storms arrived. It was really lovely there, with loads of butterflies about, and I saw my first ever Chalkhill Blue, although getting photos was a challenge as the breeze was quite strong.

The other thing I noticed was that whereas on my previous visit there had been many Small Skippers about, this time I didn’t see a single one.  Do they all suddenly hide if the wind is too strong – there were loads of other species of butterfly about. My book says they should be on the wing until the end of August………interesting. I will have to see if I can see any on my next visit.