Derek has sent us these two super photos taken in Charminster on 24/03/2020 – he mentioned that he was rather surprised to see the Large White which is a butterfly we don’t normally see until April.
Shona’s continuing search for her second butterfly for 2020 was rewarded yesterday, 16/03/2020 when she saw butterflies at Badbury Rings for the first time this year. The Peacock (her first one of this species this year) was basking on a log, enjoying the sunshine as much as she was! The Brimstone she told us was having a cleaning session amongst the ivy and then flew into High Wood.
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.
Shona was delighted to get this shot of a female Brimstone refusing to mate with the male, as it was her first ever shot of a stationery female Brimstone upperwing. Taken at Badbury Rings on 10/05/2019.
When a female butterfly has already mated, she will refuse further male advances: she needs to get on with laying her eggs, which she will do on the bush in the photograph, which is a buckthorn. She shows her refusal by having her wings open and raising up her abdomen, often with the genitalia extruded.
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Roger sent us this photo of a Brimstone which he spotted at Longham Lakes on 29/03/19.
Brimstones are one of our earliest appearing butterflies, often being seen as early as January if the temperatures rise a little above the norm.
Butterfly numbers still appear to be well up on last year. Continue reading
Shona sent us this photo of a male Brimstone which she took at Badbury Rings on 24/03/19.
She tells us:
I have been trying to get some photos of a Brimstone upperwing, which has resulted in a lot of photos of flowers without butterflies!
Perseverance paid off as Shona managed a good shot showing the often unseen orange spots on the upper hind-wings.
Shona photographed this male Brimstone nectaring on a Camellia in her Broadstone garden on 23/02/19
One of the first species usually spotted early in the year, always a joy to see .