Tag Archives: DURLSTON

A resting blue butterfly with some black markings and a white fringe to the wings

Common Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

An orange and brown butterfly with black markings resting on a stone wall

Wall. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian sent in with the following comments:

Today, 26/09/2020 we did the final week of the season for our Durlston East transect. We were a little surprised to see a lot more butterflies today than we expected, especially considering it was quite a cold windy day, but sunny and warm in sheltered areas. In fact, we had the highest total for the last week of the season (week 26) than we have had at Durlston since 2011. We counted 114 butterflies including several very fresh looking Common Blue and Wall, plus big counts of Small White, Large White and Red Admiral.  These two photos I took of Common Blue and Wall look as if they were freshly emerged.

An orange and brown butterfly with some white markings nectaring on a white flower

Small Heath. Photo: Paul Godier

Paul sent in this photo taken at Durlston on 21/09/2020 and told us that he saw a reasonable number of butterflies still there including this Small Heath which was one of several he saw.

View of a resting blue butterfly with some black spots and black markings

Holly Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

A golden brown butterfly nectaring on a yellow flower

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian sent in with the following comments:

On our Durlston transect today, 20/08/2020 we saw what will probably be our last Lulworth Skipper of the season, but there were several Holly Blues counted whereas we usually only count the odd 1 or 2.

Orange butterfly with black markings nectaring on a purple flower

Wall. Photo: Paul Godier

Paul sent us this photo taken yesterday 20/07/2020 when he went in search of the Large Tortoiseshells at Durlston. He told us that he had no success finding the Large Tortoiseshell but he did see this Wall butterfly which was some consolation.

Golden brown butterfly resting on a green leaf

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of a golden brown butterfly resting on green vegetation

Large Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent us this Tale of Two Skippers with these photos:

We did our Durlston East transect count today, 14/06/2020 and were seeing Large, Small and Lulworth Skippers. After counting all 3 close to Tilly Whim on the coast path, we continued to the meadows and I saw a Skipper that I was convinced was a Lulworth – not somewhere we usually find them. On a closer look and taking a photo, it was the smallest dark coloured Large Skipper I think I have ever seen. I have attached photos of a Lulworth Skipper we saw today near Tilly Whim, and the Large Skipper in the meadows – both are female. Unfortunately from the photo you cannot see just how small the Large Skipper is. 

Two silvery blue and pale brown butterflies with orange, black and white markings

Common Blues. Photo: Brian Arnold

Whilst doing his Durlston East transect yesterday, 07/06/2020 Brian came across these mating Common Blues in one of the meadows and was able to capture the moment in this photo.

Orange and brown butterfly resting on a plant stem

Lulworth Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Golden orange and brown butterfly nectaring on a pale blue flower

Small Skipper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two very useful photos for comparison sent to us by Brian with the following comments:

We did our Durlston East transect today, 07/06/2020 and saw 11 Lulworth Skippers and just 1 Small Skipper. Photo attached of a Lulworth Skipper at Durlston, and then a Small Skipper on Tree Germander in our garden at Harman’s Cross when we got back home today. The photos clearly show the difference in colour between the 2 Skippers.

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 a light blue butterfly on a red flower

Small Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

Head on view of a greyish blue butterfly resting on on a green leaf

Small Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two lovely photos from Brian sent in with the following comments:

In the Centenary Meadow at Durlston today, 25/05/2020 I saw about 50 plus Small Blues. There were too many to easily count. I have not seen this many there for several years.  One of them was on Grass Vetchling which made for a nice photo.