Tag Archives: DURLSTON

A brown butterfly with gold coloured markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian saw this Lulworth Skipper at Durlston 29/08/2021 and then another one on his Durlston East transect walk a few days later on 03/09/2021 – he told us that as this is the very end of season, he did not expect to see any.

A bright blue butterfly with black and white markings on a yellow flower

Adonis Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

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

Adonis Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent in these two photos he took today, 03/09/2021 at Durlston commenting as follows:

It was a nice sunny day so thought we would do the Durlston East transect. Numbers of butterflies are now well down from our counts a month ago, but we are still seeing lots of Meadow Brown and Common Blue plus small numbers of another dozen species.

Today we counted our 2nd Adonis Blue of the year. We never see more than one or two on this transect. They are found more to the west at Durlston. We also saw a Lulworth Skipper – this is very end of season, and I did not expect to see any. Photos attached for the Adonis Blue (male).

A blue butterfly with black markings on a green plant leaf

Holly Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

Another photo from Brian’s Durlston East transect walk on 24/08/2021 sent in with the following comments:

This female Holly Blue opened its wings for me to take the photo, but sadly it is missing the tip of one of its antennae – I do wonder how that would affect its ability to nectar etc?

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Should you have any ideas in answer to the query posed by Brian please enter them in the “Comments” section below

A greyish brown butterfly resting on a stone wall

Grayling. Photo: Brian Arnold

A brown, grey and orange butterfly nectaring on a purple Buddleia flower

Grayling. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian who told us:

We did our Durlston East transect yesterday 24/08/2021 and were both surprised and pleased to find a couple of Graylings and several Holly Blues. The first Grayling was well camouflaged on a stone wall, but the second was showing off on the buddleia by Durlston Castle.

Six-spot Burnet moths, Mating. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian spotted this mating pair of Six-spot Burnet moths while he was doing the transect walk at Durlston East on 22/07/21.

This species can be found in a variety of flowery habitats from late June -August, thistles and knapweeds are favoured, though they can be found on a wide range of other flowers.

View of a golden brown butterfly on green vegetation

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of a golden brown butterfly on green vegetation

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian sent to us with the following significant comments and observations:

We did the transect for Durlston East today, 29/07/2021 and counted 36 Lulworth Skippers. These are photos of two of the Lulworth Skippers we saw today. They are different from the usual Lulworths in that the female in the top photo is a darker colour than usual, and the male in the bottom photo is a lighter colour than usual and also shows a crescent shape which is not normally visible on the male.

An orange and brown butterfly with black and white markings on a purple flower

Painted Lady. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent in this saying:

I was at Durlston today, 26/07/2021 helping a couple from Reading look for Lulworth Skippers and we found this “Super Fresh” in perfect condition Painted Lady. Really brightened my day.

A view of a brown butterfly with orange, black and white markings

Brown Argus. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent in this photo telling us:

At Durlston on 22/07/2021 we were doing our butterfly transect and came across this very fresh looking Brown Argus showing off its twin spots (rear wing underside) and lack of cell spot (fore wing underside) which differentiate it from the female Common Blue.

Two butterflies, one white with blackish markings and the other cream coloured with brown markings

Marbled Whites. Photo: Sue East

A brown butterfly with some gold markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Sue East

These photos of Marbled Whites mating and one of the many Lulworth Skippers seen were taken by Sue on a super BC Walk at Durlston on 08/07/2021 through the lovely wild flower meadows with the background sound of Skylarks singing.

Many thanks to Brian and his “team” for such a memorable walk.

A view of two brown and orange butterflies and two reddish coloured beetles on white flowers

Small Skippers. Photo: Brian Arnold

A view of two brown and orange butterflies and two reddish beetles on white flowers

Small Skippers. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two more photos from Brian taken yesterday, 02/07/2021 sent in telling us:

On our Durlston transect today we came across this mating pair of Small Skippers. Seems it must be the season for such activity as they were joined by a pair of Common Red Soldier Beetles also getting “In on the Act”!