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Orange butterfly with black, yellow and blue markings resting on a green plant

Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: George McCabe

George has sent us this photo he took on 31/05/2020 together with the following comment/observation:

I’ve been along the Ridgeway near Weymouth, this weekend and spotted a number of Small Tortoiseshell, and l don’t know if it’s me or the weather, but they all seem so much brighter and colourful than other years, so l sent you a quickly taken picture.  It might just be my amateurish observations 

Editors Note: Would be interesting to hear if others have noticed this.  I have been aware of a larger number than usual of Small Tortoiseshells in my area of North Dorset – the bright colouring could be due to a combination of them being a fresh new brood and the bright sunlight we are experiencing at the moment.

View of a Blue butterfly with beige underwings with white, black and orange markings resting on a yellow flower

Adonis Blue. Photo: George McCabe

View of a brown butterfly with pale coloured markings resting on the ground

Dingy Skipper. Photo: George McCabe

George sent us these photos taken on 07/05/2020 with this wonderful commentary:

To be honest with you, you are getting so many great pictures they put mine to shame, so l was going to put my Brownie box camera away. However I wanted to visit Sutton Poyntz water reservoir as l spotted Green Hairstreaks there at this time last year, and it seems to be the only place in Weymouth to spot them, so the Dog and l with the Brownie had a wander  First thing l spotted was a cluster (don’t know the real term for a lot of butterflies altogether) of blue butterflies coming down the hill slope flying past me. The dog just sat there in disbelief as l started chasing them down the hill to get a photo; they turned out to be Adonis Blues (7 in total), then l managed to spot what l was after, the Green Hairstreak (4) and to top it off my obligatory butterfly in the muddy puddle this time a Dingy Skipper. It had been a good day but the Brownie will have to go!

Editors. Notes:  You have to be of a certain age to fully appreciate the reference to the Brownie Box Camera and secondly, according to Google the most commonly used word for a collection of butterflies is kaleidoscope.

View of a greenish white butterfly resting on a green leaf

Small White. Photo: George McCabe

View of a chocolate brown and cream butterfly resting on a green leaf

Speckled Wood. Photo: George McCabe

George has sent us these two photos he took on 23/04/2020 with the following comments:

Spotted this Male Small White in Two Mile Coppice, next to Lorton Meadows, Weymouth, l first thought it was a small Brimstone as it was greenish in flight, as soon as it landed l quickly took this picture for reference. l know you’ve got pictures of Speckled Woods but l had to send this one as it looks so glum. 

View of 2 red butterflies with blue, black white and yellow markings resting on a green plant

Peacock. Photo: George McCabe

George tells us that was in a field next to Upwey Station yesterday, 26/03/2020 when he saw two high flying butterflies. He watched them for a couple of minutes hoping they would land somewhere so he could see what they were but they didn’t.  However, as he turned to walk away a shadow appeared over his shoulder and these two Peacocks flew into the bush in front of him, taunting him to be be quick and take their photo as they had got other things on their mind and then they were off on their amorous way.

View of orange butterfly with black markings resting on a white flower.

Comma. Photo: George McCabe

View of red butterfly with blue, black and white markings resting on white May blossom

Peacock. Photo: George McCabe

George spotted this Comma on Mayflower blossom in the hedge running along Icen Lane, Weymouth on 23/03/2020 – he tells us he was watching a Small White and a couple of Brimstone in flight when to his surprise he noticed this Comma sunning itself and he told us nothing was going to move it.

Then on 24/03/2020 he went out with one of his wife’s dogs up to Southdown Ridge, Littlemoor, Weymouth and found a hedge full of Mayflower blossom in a sun trap where he counted 8 Peacock butterflies, one of which seemed to him to be extra-large (he told us it was quite flighty so he could only get a quick photo of it).

View of reddish orange, brown and black butterfly with white markings on the wingtips resting near a muddy puddle.

Red Admiral. Photo: Geoge McCabe

George has sent us this photo of the first butterfly he saw this year when he was out for a walk and not even looking for butterflies – spotted at the Coppice behind the Littlemoor water tower, Weymouth on 19/01/2020.  George added that it seemed to enjoy the mud around the puddles!

Red Moth with black upperwings showing two red spots on base of wings

Cinnabar Moth. Photo: George McCabe

George spotted this daytime flying Cinnabar Moth on 23/06/19 while walking around Weymouth.

A striking moth with an equally striking caterpillar which can be readily found on Ragwort ,sometimes in large numbers. the caterpillar has bright gold stripes around a black body. The moth has one generation and is in flight mid May- early August.

View of reddish orange and black butterfly with some white wing markings nectaring on an Ivy flower.

Red Admiral. Photo: George McCabe

View of orange and black butterflies nectaring on an Ivy plant.

Comma and Red Admirals. Photo: George McCabe

George tells us that he ventured out yesterday afternoon 03/11/2019 on a beautiful, warm, sunny day after a very stormy night. He went up the Old Coach Road at Upwey, Weymouth where he spotted four Red Admirals and one Comma on 2 Ivy bushes. The first picture shows the Red Admiral still looking great after all the stormy weather and the second photo shows a Comma in the foreground and Red Admirals near the top of the Ivy plant set against a clear blue sky.

View of chocolate brown butterfly with creamy yellow markings on the wings in a butterfly collecting pot.

Speckled Wood. Photo: George McCabe

For those of you following George’s ongoing saga of the Speckled Wood which is reluctant to leave the warmth and comfort of his house he has just sent us this update on 04/11/2019:

The the Specked Wood is still with us. It decided the floor was the best place, but we had a near miss when the postman opened the door and nearly stood on it, so we keep it in a plastic insect viewing tub my son had, and take the lid off when it is safe. We leave a window open for it to go but it won’t.

Fox Moth Caterpillar.Photo: George McCabe

On one of George’s daily walks on 23/0/19 he spotted this large Fox Moth Caterpillar at Southdown Ridge.

This species overwinters as a fully grown caterpillar on or just beneath the ground in moss or leaf litter .This one is probably searching for a suitable site as it feeds until September ,only emerging briefly without feeding to bask in spring sunshine before pupating near the ground and emerging as a moth from May to June.