Compared to last year, most of this year has been better, though mid-June was actually down on last year’s totals. However, the recent spell of sunny weather has changed that with numbers being up by 38% Continue reading
Roger saw the Painted Lady and the rather worn Meadow Brown on 25/06/19 at Longham Lakes.
It’s good to see the Meadow Brown with open wings as they are a species that so often nectar or rest with wings closed. This is a male as the female shows orange patches around and below the eyepots.
George came across this butterfly on 24/06/19 around Weymouth and was unsure which species it was at the time. It is possibly a named aberration, a Male Meadow Brown~ab grisea-aurea.
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George sent us this photo of one of the many Painted Ladies he had been seeing over a couple of days, this one taken at Littlemead Weymouth on 24/06/19, sharing the bramble flowers with a Meadow Brown.
It appears there has been a large influx of Painted Ladies all along the South Coast and it could be the start of a huge migration as seen in 2009.
Shona spotted this Meadow Brown and Lulworth Skipper at Ballard Down on 22/06/19 and noted her photograph of them both nectaring on the same flower was a good way of seeing the size difference.
Shona visited Powerstock Railway on 1/06/19 hoping for Wood White butterflies which sadly are no longer found on this site, but was pleased to see her first Meadow Brown of the year.
There were five miles, ten people and around fifteen butterfly species on our Littlebredy butterfly walk on 4th August. This was in conjunction with the South Dorset Ridgeway Project. Continue reading
Seen in Durlston Meadows (near Swanage) on 11/06/2018.
It can be easy to confuse Meadow Browns with Gatekeepers, but we have had no Gatekeepers reported to this website yet, though it won’t be long.
Rose found this unusual Albino Meadow Brown at Badbury rings in July 2017.
Meadow Browns are one of the most common UK butterflies, flying over a long period from early May to late October, in grassy, flowery places in a wide range of habitats, in dry or damp conditions. Caterpillar foodplants : a wide variety of grasses.
We would like to send very grateful thanks to all our butterfly and moth recorders. In 2017, you sent in records of 36,905 butterflies of 46 species to the website alone! Continue reading