Tatty butterfly no.1: Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Derek Fowler
The spring butterflies have come to an end here in Dorset but we want to see your photographs of ‘Tatty Butterflies of 2015’ which will run until the end of the season! To kick things off, we have been sent this lovely image of a rather ragged, Marsh Fritillary butterfly taken on the 02/07/15 at Cerne Abbas.
Can you beat this one? If so, send us your images!
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Rosanna Pengelly
A beautiful image of a Marsh Fritillary, photographed on an Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula) and showing the wonderful flower-rich grassland habitat in which the butterflies thrive at Cerne Abbas on 28/05/15.
Rosanna adds: ‘The Cowslips there this spring are in their millions, the best ever!’ – Wonderful news for the Duke of Burgundy whose caterpillars feed on the leaves of Cowslips.
Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Charlie Steadman
A wonderfully posed Grizzled Skipper near Cerne Abbas, taken on 17/05/2015.
Duke of Burgundy. Photo: Charlie Steadman
Another superb shot of a Duke of Burgundy. Photographed near Cerne Abbas on the 17/05/15.
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Mel Bray
A beautiful image, “one of several that looked pretty fresh” at Cerne Abbas on the 26/05/15.
Brown Argus. Photo: Mel Bray
Mel: “A Brown Argus checking out the time on a dandelion clock“. Photographed on 26/05/15 at Cerne Giant Hill.
Duke of Burgundies. Photo: Mark Pike
A wonderful photograph showing a mating pair of Duke of Burgundies near Cerne Abbas on 16/05/15.
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike
A beautiful image, taken near Cerne Abbas on the 16/05/15.
Duke of Burgundy. Photo: Chris Parker
Taken at Giants Hill (Cerne Abbas) on 19/05/2015)
Love this butterfly as it lets you get in close, beautiful colour too.