What an incredible Autumn it has been for sightings of Red Admirals in Dorset and this one seen by Martin Warren in Corfe Castle on 15/11/2023 must be one of the most unexpected. Continue reading
Jeremy sent us these two photos he took on 08/07/2023 of two Dark Green Fritillaries he saw on Corfe Common (left hand side of the road going up to Kingston).
John sent us these photos of a couple of Lulworth Skippers he saw in the National Trust car park at Corfe Castle yesterday, 04/06/2023.
Two photos of Lulworth Skippers taken on 01/06/2021 and sent in by Mark – he told us that he saw eight of them on a grassy bank in the National Trust car park at Corfe Castle.
Jeremy sent us this photo of a Small Copper he saw yesterday, 20/07/2020 on Halves Fields in Corfe Castle. It is a butterfly readily identified by its brightly burnished copper forewings with black margins and spots. The hindwings are dark with black-spotted copper margins.
John sent us these photos of Lulworth Skippers basking in the early morning sunlight at Corfe Castle on 25/05/2020. This is the smallest and darkest of the golden Skippers and as its name suggests, is a speciality of south-east Dorset.
Unbelievably these Skipper photos were taken in Corfe Castle car park on 2/06/18 by Mark Pike.
Who would imagine finding this species there, Mark says he even saw some settling on cars!
The above photograph shows the diagnostic sunray pattern of a Lulworth Skipper very well, not something usually captured.
Well done Mark!
Susan sent us this photo of a Peacock in her Corfe Castle garden which she took in September, 2017.
We can expect to see a few of these butterflies emerge from hibernation when winter temperatures rise above the norm and the sun is shining. So far this year 5 Peacocks have been reported to BC Dorset , the first on 2/01/18 from Wimborne.
The majority emerge from hibernation at the end of March and beginning of April. These mate and ultimately give rise to the next generation that emerges at the end of July.
This amazing photo appears to show three Small Heath butterflies in a menage a trois! We think it is two males and one female. Seen by Richard Collier on a walk from Corfe Castle to Swanage. June 2017.
Let us know if you have ever seen anything like this before – we’d be interested: email [email protected]
Mark photographed this in teh car park at Corfe Castle on 13/06/2017.