Wren Franklin has sent us an amazing picture of a Purple Hairstreak caterpillar found in a Hazel nut shell by his three and a half year old son.
Being the only British butterfly with a green underside to the wings can make it difficult to spot amongst the spring foliage but Wren found and photographed this early one (his first this year) at the private Ryewater Nursery in North Dorset on 08/04/2020.
This was seen 7 days earlier than the first one reported to the Dorset BC website last year which was on 15/04/2019.
This photo taken by Wren Franklin near Long Burton in North Dorset on 10/01/2020 shows a very early appearance of caterpillars of the Large White Butterfly on Brassicas in an outdoor vegetable plot. Continue reading
Wren Franklin tells us about the moth and butterfly event at Ryewater Nursery on 12/13 July. Continue reading