A couple of photos of a Brown Argus taken on 22/8/2021 of one individual at the Orchid Field, Corfe Mullen – sent in by Ann who also told us that she saw a number of them there in exactly the same spot she saw them last year.
Two photos sent in by Ann taken on 20/08/2021 commenting as follows:
The Orchid Field in Corfe Mullen has not been anywhere near as lovely this year as last for butterflies, but today I did see this Red Admiral (looking back at one of the earlier posts, I think it’s ab bialbata), and a Speckled Wood, trying to indicate on the information board by the entrance, another species present there.
Editor’s Note: It is a Red Admiral ab. bialbata – it is not uncommon but rather nice to see and the name refers to the white spot within the red band on the forewings.
Whilst she was doing a Big Butterfly Count in Leslie’s Field, Corfe Mullen yesterday, 21/07/2021 Ann spotted this nice fresh butterfly, a female Common Blue.
Small Copper ab. caeruleopunctata. Photo: Ann Barlow
Two photos from Ann taken yesterday, 19/07/2021 sent in telling us:
This evening’s visit to the Orchid Field, Corfe Mullen yielded a nice (but distant) Small Copper ab. caeruleopunctata (ab. with blue dots) on a ragwort plant in the middle of the field and I also saw this Gatekeeper in the lane near to the field.
Two photos taken yesterday, 12/07/2021 in Corfe Mullen sent in by Ann who told us:
We had a lot of heavy rain and flooding here this morning, When it stopped and the sun came out, I walked to the Orchid Field. However, it quickly started to rain again, and I could only walk around the higher part of the field because of the wet. I expected everything to be in hiding, but I saw quite a number of Meadow Browns, several Burnet moths, and as the sun began to peep out again, a beautiful Comma – the first one I have seen there this year.
Two photos taken yesterday, 02/07/2021 by Ann who sent them in with the following comments:
I looked in at St Huberts, Corfe Mullen yesterday, and the Glebe field is a lush, thriving wildlife haven now and includes a large patch of knapweed, which was attracting the butterflies, including Meadow Browns, a Marbled White, Small Skippers and Commas.
Ann captured this photo of a Large White in her Corfe Mullen garden on 14/05/2021 and sent it to us saying:
Yesterday we had a brief couple of minutes of bright sunshine in the morning, and a Large White suddenly drifted into the garden and landed on the blossom on the top branch of our apple tree. I grabbed my camera in the hope of a colourful picture, but only managed a couple of quick snaps before it was gone.
Orange Tips seem to have been one of the more abundant butterfly species seen in recent days and Ann sent in these two photos taken on 06/05/2021 telling us:
Butterflies have been conspicuous by their absence around here recently, but today I saw an orange tip who kindly stayed still for me (because the sun went in!) on the verge by the Orchid field, Waterloo Rd Corfe Mullen.
Lynda sent us this super photo of a Holly Blue she saw in her Corfe Mullen garden on 17/04/2021 saying:
It’s been a very slow year in my garden for most insects, very disappointing when a friend in Worcester is seeing so much in his. Most butterflies I have seen when out and about don’t seem to want to stop for photos, apart from Peacocks and occasionally Brimstones but this Holly Blue was very accommodating – it landed very close me while I was gardening, luckily with my camera to hand.
Ann sent in these two photos of a Speckled Wood she saw in her Corfe Mullen garden on 04/04/2021 telling us that the butterfly was rather uncooperative when it came to having its photo taken.