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Two brown butterflies with some white and pale markings mating on green vegetation

Dingy Skippers. Photo: Paul Godier

White butterfly with black markings resting on a purple flower

Marbled White. Photo: Paul Godier

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.

View of the underside of a brown butterfly perching on a brown flower-head

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

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.  

View of a brown butterfly with pale markings resting on the ground

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Peter Siddons

View of two resting blue and beige butterflies with orange, black and white markings.

Common Blues mating. Photo: Peter Siddons

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.

Photo of a resting brown butterfly with some paler coloured markings

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Phil Woodward

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.

View of a Blue butterfly with beige underwings with white, black and orange markings resting on a yellow flower

Adonis Blue. Photo: George McCabe

View of a brown butterfly with pale coloured markings resting on the ground

Dingy Skipper. Photo: George McCabe

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.

View of a brown butterfly with some paler markings resting on a green leaf

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of a white butterfly with some green and black markings resting on a green leaf

Orange Tip. Photo: Brian Arnold

Another fortuitous walk for Brian yesterday, 06/05/2020 when he walked from his home along the base of Ailwood Down and Rollington Hill from Ailwood Farm to Corfe Castle. He told us that there were a lot of butterflies along the sheltered path at the base of the hills including the ones shown in these photos he sent us. He counted a total of 11 species including 15 Green Hairstreak, 8 Holly Blue, 6 Dingy Skipper plus Wall, Orange Tip, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large White, Comma and Small White.
View of two pale blue butterflies with black spots on their wings mating on a green leaf

Holly Blues. Photo: Paul Freedman

View of a brown butterfly resting on a green leafed Ivy

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Paul Freedman

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.

View of a brown butterfly nectaring on a yellow flower

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Clive Hill

View of a resting dark blackish brown butterfly with white chequer markings

Grizzled Skipper. Photo: Clive Hill

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.

View of a brown butterfly resting on the ground

Dingy Skipper. Photo: Paul Freedman

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.