Roger has sent us this photo of a Marbled White he saw on 22/07/2020 at Zig-Zag Hill making sure it was on the Dorset side of the nearby county boundary! He also mentioned that there were a number of other butterflies there including Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Skippers (thought to be Small) and a Dark-green Fritillary but that he was unable to get good photos of these.
Amelia has sent us these photos of a Red Admiral and a Marbled White she took yesterday, 10/07/2020 on the ridge coming out of Osmington near Weymouth.
These two photos were taken by Rob on 26/06/2020 whilst he was checking for Elm trees and updating km squares along the bridleways to the east of Badbury Rings and he sent them with the folowing observations:
The beauty of these creatures never fails to impress. I would hesitate to suggest that there may be not just a small amount of jealousy on the part of the fly studying the Ringlet.
Another photo from Brian’s garden in Harman’s Cross taken on 30/06/2020 and sent to us by him with the following comments:
We have put up a small marquee on the lawn and the Marbled Whites seem to like to shelter in it overnight!. Each night there are a couple of them on the inside walls. With the bad weather on Tuesday, this one did not move from Monday evening through to Wednesday morning.
Diana had an unexpected encounter with a Marbled White at her Sturminster Newton home yesterday, 26/06/2020 as she explains:
We had a visitor to our sitting room this afternoon, the patio doors were open and it landed on our chair, so I took a couple of quick photos.
Roger has sent us these two photos with the following comments:
On two occasions recently I have seen a steady stream of Marble Whites passing along the field margin beside the minor road leading to Edmondsham near the junction with the B3078 (Cranborne Road). This is the only one I have managed to photograph (on 22/06/2020) as all the others haven’t stayed still long enough! The Meadow Brown was taken in my Wimborne garden on 23/06/2020 in very windy conditions.
Brian sent us these two photos he took on 09/06/2020 together with the following comments:
I did the transect count at Godlingston Heath this morning and saw 6 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary – this one was perched on gorse. Later in the afternoon I saw my first Marbled White this year in our garden at Harman’s Cross near Swanage – it is very early for this species! Looks as if a bird took a fancy to its wing!
Brian is quite right about the Marbled Whites being early this year – the first recorded sighting of one sent to Dorset BC this year was on 19/05/2020 whereas in 2019 it was on 05/06/2019
Two photos Shona took on 04/06/2020 which she sent to us with the following comments:
I went to a rather dull and breezy Badbury Rings yesterday afternoon and saw my first Marbled Whites of the year – here are photos of two males. The sun came out for a little while – so did the Marbled Whites and Dark Green Fritillaries. Then a dark cloud appeared and they all vanished!
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.
Mark has sent us this photo of a freshly emerged Marbled White butterfly taken at Motcombe Meadows on 02/06/20. A superb example of this attractive and distinctive butterfly.