Tag Archives: Corfe Mullen

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

Brown Argus. Photo: Ann Barlow

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

Brown Argus. Photo: Ann Barlow

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.

A red and black butterfly with white markings nectaring on a white flower

Red Admiral ab. bialbata. Photo: Ann Barlow

A brown butterfly with yellow markings resting on a white notice board

Speckled Wood. Photo: Ann Barlow

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.

A pale brown butterfly with orange, black and white markings

Common Blue. Photo: Ann Barlow

A brown butterfly with orange, black and white markings resting on a green leaf

Common Blue. Photo: Ann Barlow

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.

An orange and brown butterfly with black markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Small Copper ab. caeruleopunctata. Photo: Ann Barlow

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

Gatekeeper. 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.  

An orange butterfly with black markings resting on some green vegetation

Comma. Photo: Ann Barlow

A brown and orange butterfly with black and white eyespots nectaring on a pink flower

Meadow Brown. Photo: Ann Barlow

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.

An orange butterfly with black markings resting on a green leaf

Comma. Photo: Ann Barlow

View of a brown and orange butterfly with one black spot nectaring on a pink flower

Meadow Brown. Photo: Ann Barlow

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.

A greenish/yellow white butterfly with some black markings nectaring on a pink and white flower

Large White. Photo: Ann Barlow

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.  

A white and orange butterfly with green markings nectaring on a white flower

Orange Tip. Photo: Ann Barlow

A white and orange butterfly with green markings nectaring on a white flower

Orange Tip. Photo: Ann Barlow

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.

A silvery blue butterfly with some black spots resting on a green leaf

Holly Blue: Photo: Lynda Lambert

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.