Large Tortoiseshell and Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Photo: Paul Hopwood
Paul spotted these two rare beauties in the garden of Portland Observatory on 30/06/19
Two Large Tortoiseshells have been seen on a few occasions earlier in the year on Portland and now we regularly receive reports of sightings in different locations on the island.
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Mike Gibbons
Mike found this Large Tortoiseshell at Tout Quarry on 26/02/19. He tells us it was sunning itself on the rocks and was one of two seen. Continue reading
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Andy Martin
Andy was thrilled to find his first Large Tortoiseshell in the UK at Tout Quarry on 26/02/19.
Two were reported as being seen there, one having a light coloured speck above the third of the dark blotches on the right fore-wing.
This species is not known as a migrant, so it would be interesting to know if they are releases or maybe they are going to start migrating to our shores.
We have had seven reports of a Large Tortoiseshell in Tout Quarry on Portland. To date we are sure there are two individual butterflies. Continue reading
Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Alan Carpenter
Alan saw this Large Tortoiseshell at Portland on 1/07/18
In Victorian times the Large Tortoiseshell was considered widespread and common in woodland in southern England. However, this beautiful insect has since suffered a severe decline and there have been less than 150 records since 1951. This butterfly, whose numbers were always known to fluctuate, is generally considered to be extinct in the British Isles, with any sightings considered to be migrants from the continent or accidental or deliberate releases of captive-bred stock.
We have had two reports of Large Tortoiseshells this year. This is a butterfly which, though common in Southern England in Victorian times, is now thought to be extinct in the UK. Continue reading