Tag Archives: Lydlinch Common

Orange, brown and cream butterfly with abdomen curled round under a leaf, laying eggs

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Dave Law

Well done to Dave for getting such a crisp shot of a female Marsh Fritillary laying eggs! Taken at Lyndlinch Common on the Butterfly Walk led by Colin Burningham on 27/05/2019, which had a good turnout. Dave says the butterflies were flying well when it wasn’t cloudy, and he saw a mating pair as well as this egg-laying female.

View of a female Brown Hairstreak showing fore-wing and hind-wing undersides and a little fore-wing upperside. It is resting in a tree.

Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Colin Burningham

Colin took this photograph of a female Brown Argus with some wing damage on 10/08/2017 at Lydlinch Common.

He tells us that it is a butterfly not often seen at this site, and was pleased to find it especially on the same day as another rarely seen butterfly at Lydlinch Common, the Brown Argus.


view of a female Brown Argus showing under-wings and a little of the fore-wing upperside

Brown Argus. Photo: Colin Burningham

Colin took this photograph of a female Brown Argus on 10/08/2017 at Lydlinch Common.  Colin tells us that this species is not often seen at this site and knows this because he walks it regularly for Dorset Butterfly Conservation.

It is a very difficult butterfly to identify unless you have clear sightings of the unf, under fore-wing. The difference between  this species and the Common Blue, which it can be mistaken for, is the lack of a black spot near the base of the unf. This is an excellent photograph as if there was a black spot present. it would be clearly visable.


Large Skipper at Lydlinch Common

Sideways shot of a Large Skipper on a leaf

Large Skipper. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark says: “Paid a short visit to Lydlinch Common this afternoon and despite the howling wind saw 5 Large Skipper, 5 Marsh Frits (including a mating pair), and a few other bits sent to the website. However the main event for me was just standing and listening to the uniquely beautiful song of a Nightingale singing its heart out (yes, they DO sing during daylight as well!) from the nearby undergrowth all the time I was there, absolutely amazing!”


Marsh Fritillary adult and eggs at Lydlinch


Group of light brown eggs on the underside of a leaf

Marsh Fritillary Eggs. Photo: Dave Law

Marsh Fritillary with open wings

Marsh Fritillary butterfly. Photo: Dave Law

Dave says: “Season starting to wind down now for the Marsh Frits with just a few seen, although this girl seemed quite fresh and egg laden. Also next year’s generation is on the way with this egg batch on the devils bit scabious”.

Thanks to Dave for this reminder that butterflies exist in more than their adult forms. How about you brilliant photographers sending us a few more photos of caterpillars and chrysalises?

Marsh Fritillaries Lydlinch

Two Marsh Fritillaries, each on a different orchid flower

Marsh Fritillaries. Photo: Charles Williams

Charles says: “Lydlinch common has an abundance of orchids at the moment and the Marsh Fritillaries are obviously happy to take a well earned rest on these beautiful plants. Photo taken on 4th June late afternoon.”

Lydlinch Common is in North Dorset, and together with other local sites hosts a very important number of this declining butterfly. Since 1976 we have seen a 79% decline in its occurence nationally.