Two photos from Paul taken at Durlston on 02/06/2020 where he told us there were a feast of butterflies to be enjoyed. The first one shows a mating pair of Dingy Skippers and the second one a Marbled White in a classic pose on a prominent flower. Paul also mentioned that he saw his first Marbled White of the year on 27/05/2020 on East Cliff in Bournemouth, but he couldn’t get a photo.
Brian has been very patient for the past week and this photo he has sent us is the result of his patience – photo sent with the following comments:
I have tried for the last week to get an underside shot of a by now rather worn Dingy Skipper in our garden at Harman’s Cross near Swanage. Finally succeeded this morning, 01/06/2020.
Two more photos from Peter – the first one is a Dingy Skipper taken on 13/05/2020 at the High Angle Battery on Portland down the Old Railway cutting at the end of Park Road where Peter told us there were quite a few showing now. The second photo he took yesterday, 15/05/2020 on the old railway line, shows a pair of Common Blues which he thought may have been mating. He also mentioned that there were quite a lot of Small Blues there as well.
Another photo from Badbury Rings which seems to have been the right place to be over the last few days. This photo taken there by Phil on 14/05/2020 shows a Dingy Skipper basking in the midday sun and not feeling any need to take advantage of its beautifully camouflaged colour.
George sent us these photos taken on 07/05/2020 with this wonderful commentary:
To be honest with you, you are getting so many great pictures they put mine to shame, so l was going to put my Brownie box camera away. However I wanted to visit Sutton Poyntz water reservoir as l spotted Green Hairstreaks there at this time last year, and it seems to be the only place in Weymouth to spot them, so the Dog and l with the Brownie had a wander First thing l spotted was a cluster (don’t know the real term for a lot of butterflies altogether) of blue butterflies coming down the hill slope flying past me. The dog just sat there in disbelief as l started chasing them down the hill to get a photo; they turned out to be Adonis Blues (7 in total), then l managed to spot what l was after, the Green Hairstreak (4) and to top it off my obligatory butterfly in the muddy puddle this time a Dingy Skipper. It had been a good day but the Brownie will have to go!
Editors. Notes: You have to be of a certain age to fully appreciate the reference to the Brownie Box Camera and secondly, according to Google the most commonly used word for a collection of butterflies is kaleidoscope.
Paul went to Ballard Down yesterday, 04/50/2020 and told us that he saw very few butterflies on the wing. He did however follow a Brown Argus into a clump of ivy but once it had settled he could not locate it but instead was rewarded with good views and photos of these Holly Blues mating and a Dingy Skipper in the same location.
Clive had a very successful walk at Cerne Abbas yesterday, 25/04/2020 and these are just two of the species he saw and photographed there – others included Green Hairstreak, Green-veined White and Brimstone, once again confirming what a great place this is for butterflies.
This photo of a Dingy Skipper sent to us by Paul really does illustrate the great camouflage of this species. He also told us that he took the photo at Ballard Down on 25/04/2020 in a chilly wind so there were few butterflies to be found flying.
Brian sent us this photo of a Dingy Skipper taken on 21/04/2020. This is a beautifully camouflaged species and its brown wings can sometimes cause confusion with the day-flying Burnet Companion and Mother Shipton moths. Continue reading