Tag Archives: Harman’s Cross

A red and black butterfly with white and blueish markings resting on the stone wall of a house

Peacock. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent us this photo which is a sequel to the one of a Red Admiral he sent in which was shown in a recent posting.  He told us:

Most days for the last week or so we have seen a Red Admiral in the garden often perched on our house wall to bask in the sun. Today, 16/10/2020 it was replaced by a Peacock, which was also settling high up on the walls to catch the afternoon sun. This is the first Peacock we have seen in our garden at Harman’s Cross since 27/09/2020.

Reddish orange and black butterfly with white markings resting on the stone wall of a house

Red Admiral. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent this photo to us with the following comments:

Our local Garden Centres sell large plastic butterflies to hang on house walls, but we were visited by the real thing today, 13/10/2020 at our house in Harman’s Cross! Far better than a plastic one we think. A zoomed in close up revealed that this Red Admiral was licking the stonework with its proboscis.

A chocolate brown butterfly with cream coloured markings resting on a green leaf

Speckled Wood. Photo: Brian Arnold

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

Speckled Wood. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos of Speckled Woods from Brian taken on 06/10/2020 sent in telling us:

After the rain and wind today came some sun which brought out 2 Speckled Woods and a Red Admiral in our garden at Harman’s Cross. Still very windy but hopefully these 2 species (survivors of the gales) will be seen in our garden for the next few weeks.

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

Wall. Photo: Brian Arnold

This photo of a Wall sent in by Brian was taken in his Harman’s Cross garden on 29/09/2020.  He also told us that this is probably a 3rd brood and that before this the last sighting of a Wall in his garden was back on 24/07/2020.

An orange butterfly with black and brown markings nectaring on a pink Sedum flower

Comma. Photo: Brian Arnold

A red butterfly with brown, black, blue and white markings nectaring on a pink Sedum flower

Peacock. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two more photos from Brian of newly emerged butterflies seen in his Harman’s Cross garden sent in telling us:

On 27/09/2020 this very fresh-looking Peacock appeared – the last one seen in our garden before this was on 07/08/2020. They normally emerge between about the end of July to early September.  Also on 27/09/2020 we saw a Comma – prior to this the last one in our garden was on 29/07/2020.

A blue butterfly with some black markings and a white fringe to the wings nectaring on a pink Sedum flower

Common Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

A pale brown and blue butterfly with black, white and orange markings nectaring on a pink Sedum flower

Common Blue. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent in these photos of a Common Blue telling us:

The last 2 or 3 days of nice weather have resulted in some newly emerged butterflies appearing in our garden at Harman’s Cross including today, 29/09/2020 this very fresh-looking Common Blue. This is presumably a 3rd brood. The last ones seen in our garden were very faded and tatty on 29/08/2020.

Orange and brown butterfly with black markings nectaring on a pink Sedum flower

Small Copper. Photo: Brian Arnold

An orange and brown butterfly with black markings nectaring on a pink Sedum flower

Small Copper. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian sent telling us:

The Sedums in our garden at Harman’s Cross are proving to be a magnet for Small Coppers. Two fresh looking examples on the Sedums today (Saturday 19/09/2020), which seem to have become their flower of choice now that the Fleabane has stopped flowering. The only other butterflies in our garden today were Small White and Speckled Wood.

Orange and brown butterffly resting on a pinkish white flower

Meadow Brown. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brown and orange butterfly nectaring on a pink flower

Meadow Brown. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent us these two photos of Meadow Browns with thoughts that many of us have had at some point:

Boring Brown Jobs!! OK did not really mean that!!. Actually when you see them close up and in good nick they are quite an attractive butterfly. This one was in our garden at Harman’s Cross today, 05/09/2020 and appears to be quite freshly emerged.

Chocolate brown butterfly with cream markings resting on a green leaf

Speckled Wood. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent in this photo of one of the three Speckled Woods he saw in his garden telling us:

After a dull damp day yesterday, we had some sun here in Harman’s Cross near Swanage today, 04/09/2020.  There were 6 species of butterfly in our garden – Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large and Small White, Red Admiral and Small Copper. The Speckled Wood will probably hang around to mid November if the weather is OK and am hoping to soon see 2nd brood Commas which usually start to appear again at this time of year.