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A rather worn and faded blue butterfly with faded black and white markings resting on some green vegetation

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Sonia Hudson

A brown butterfly with cream coloured markings resting amongst some blackberries

Speckled Wood. Photo: Sonia Hudson

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

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Mark Pike

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

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Mark Pike

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!

Two butterflies - one blue with black and white markings and the other brown with orange markings

Chalkhill Blues. Photo: Shona Refoy

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!

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

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Gary Holderness

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

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Gary Holderness

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. 

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.

View of a blue butterfly with black markings and white fringe to the wings resting on a purple flower

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Paul Wilkins

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.