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

Common Blue. Photo: Ann Barlow

A brown butterfly with pale markings resting on a green leaf

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann made the most of a warm sunny day before the strong winds hit Dorset and has sent in these photos telling us:

Just a couple of photos from the eastern side of Badbury Rings taken on 19/05/2021 in glorious sunshine, which had clearly brought a few butterflies out.  Quite a number of pristine Common Blues about, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers, and Brimstones, which were great to see. 

An orange butterfly with black and white markings resting on the ground

Painted Lady. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two brownish butterflies with some paler markings resting in green vegetation

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian taken 11/05/2021 sent in with the following comments:

We walked the upper coast path from Durlston to Dancing Ledge today and saw 2 Dingy Skippers whirling around each other for several minutes. Eventually they settled for a rest and for their picture to be taken.

I have heard that there is currently an influx of Painted Lady butterflies and we saw 2 today on the cliff top above Dancing Ledge.

A brown butterfly with pale markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Ann Barlow

A blackish brown butterfly with white markings resting on the ground

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Ann Barlow

Two photos taken on 23/04/2021 by Ann sent in telling us:

I had a great afternoon at Badbury Rings yesterday, and saw a number of both Dingy Skippers and Grizzled Skippers, including one quite a long way from the Rings themselves, on the edge of a track down to the main road.  Quite a few of the other butterflies I saw were refusing to settle though.

A brown butterfly with pale markings resting on a thorny twig

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Gary Holderness

A green butterfly resting on a green leaf

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Gary Holderness

Two photos from Gary sent in telling us:

Had a great day butterfly watching at Badbury Rings today 22/04/2021 with particular highlights being my first Dingy Skippers and Green Hairstreak, both of which I managed to photograph. Many thanks to Mel Bray for suggesting what a good site it is for finding the Dingy Skipper. Didn’t see any Grizzled Skippers but I’m sure I will next time.

A brown butterfly with paler markings nectaring on a yellow dandelion

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Dave Law

A blackish caterpillar with ligher markings on a green leaf

Marsh Fritillary Caterpillar. Photo: Dave Law

Two photos sent in by Dave Law with the following comments:

At least 7 individual Dingy Skippers flying at Hod Hill today, 19/04/2021 plus a Grizzled Skipper that refused to sit long enough for a shot. Supporting cast of Orange Tips, Brimstone and a Speckled Wood.

Also seen at Hod Hill was this near fully grown Marsh Frit larva nibbling on the Devils Bit Scabious leaf.  A good find as they seem to be very few and far between over the last few years at Hod Hill. 

A brown butterfly with some paler markings nectaring on a yellow dandelion

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

A dark brown butterfly with white markings resting amongst some vegetation

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

Following her very successful trip to Hod Hill on 19/04/2021 Shona sent in these photos telling us:

I’ve just got back from Hod Hill, my best butterfly expedition of the year so far – 10 species seen, at least 42 butterflies! I was hoping to see the Grizzled Skipper, which had been reported as being seen there, and saw this one soon after arriving. More of a surprise were the 8 Dingy Skippers which I saw – this photo is one of them!

View of a brown butterfly nectaring on a blue flower

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

This photo taken by Shona last year amused her and she recently sent it in telling us:.

At Badbury Rings on 06/05/2020 the Dingy Skippers seemed to be playing a game of let’s-hang-upside-down-on the-Speedwell! They didn’t stay there for long, but I did manage to grab a few shots, including this one. 

I’m just hoping that the “Dingies” have survived the razing to the ground of the inner Rings at Badbury last Autumn.

Brown butterfly with paler markings resting on green foliage

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

Brown butterfly with paler markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

Two images of Dingy Skippers from Shona sent to us with the following comments:

I was surprised to see four Dingy Skippers at Badbury Rings earlier today 31/07/2020. My butterfly books tell me that a partial second brood can occur in the South in a good summer, so maybe I shouldn’t have been so surprised? Here are photos of two of them – the first is male, the second is female, both looking fairly fresh, just a bit tatty in places.