These are just two of the photos Sonia sent in for the Gallery – both were taken on Portland on the South West Coast Path yesterday, 05/09/2021. The Chalkhill Blue is a little bit tatty and the colours are fading but it is good to know that they can still be found there.
A couple of ab’s from Badbury Rings yesterday, 22/08/2021 sent in by Mark telling us:
This is a bit weird! The Chalk Hill Blue (female) was actually differently marked on each wing, something I have never seen before on any species. The images are not that good I’m afraid (especially the shadowy one) which is a shame as I was battling the wind and just managed to grab these couple of images before the wind took it miles away!
Having read about Badbury Rings on our website, Tim, who doesn’t live in Dorset went there on 13/08/2021 for the first time and has now sent us these photos he took there.
Gary sent in these photos he took on what he called another good butterfly afternoon at Badbury Rings on 10/08/21.
Shona sent in this photo telling us:
It was lovely to see these Chalkhill Blues, male and female, sitting together on a rock in Tout Quarry on 03/08/2021. There were so many Chalkhills there that it wasn’t always easy to avoid treading on them!
A couple of photos sent in by Ann taken at Badbury Rings yesterday 27/07/2021 – a Common Blue and also a Chalkhill Blue and Small Skipper sharing a plant.
Chalkhill Blues are now on the wing and Gary sent in these photos saying:
Spent the afternoon today, 26/07/2021 at Badbury Rings butterfly watching and I wasn’t disappointed.
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.
The Chalkhill Blue is a butterfly which gives us some concern in Dorset, where its range seems to have decreased, especially in some areas. We need help to check places where it has been previously seen. Continue reading
Paul sent us this photo of a Chalkhill Blue he saw at Badbury Rings on 16/07/2021. This one is thought to be the first sighting of this species reported to Dorset BC this year – the first one reported last year was 10 days earlier and was seen on 06/07/2020.