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View of two yellow butterflies mating in the grass

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Harold Gillen

Harold took this photo of Clouded Yellows mating on 22/08/2019 on the hills to the west of Osmington whilst on a walk organised by the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation. Harold tells us that in total they saw 17 species and that it was a lovely walk with good weather and great company.



Black and white geometriacallt striped moth on buddleia

Jersey Tiger. Photo: John Kirwin

Orange Brown moth with a white spot on inside edge of each forewings

Vapourer moth. Photo: John Kirwin

John sent us these photos of a Jersey Tiger moth and a Vapourer which he spotted when he joined our walk to Osmington on 22/08/19.

The Jersey Tiger is a suspected immigrant, though many were spotted earlier this year so maybe it is now a resident. Can be found mid July -early Sept.

In the South the Vapourer can be seen July-Oct, while in the North it is found a little later, Sept-Oct.

John and Jane thanked us for a wonderful walk and said how much they enjoyed it. We are very pleased to hear that so anyone interested in the walks and events we arrange, please check out the Events page on the website.

Clouded Yellows at Osmington

Two yellow butterflies in long grass

Clouded yellows mating. Photo; Harold Gillen

We’ve had two lots of praise come in for the walk we held at Osmington on 22 August – we’re glad it was enjoyable! This shot of mating Clouded Yellows comes from Harold Gillen, who reports the guided walk saw 17 species in all, and said: “Lovely walk, lovely weather and great company”. Thank you Harold!

Osmington walk finds Adonis Blues

On Thursday 23rd August, our Branch walk at Osmington found 20 very fresh male Adonis Blues and one female. This is a late start to their season: on previous years there have been 100 males and females, some worn, suggesting they had been out for a while, at the same date and place.

Seven Wall Browns were also seen, gliding along the baked mud tracks, then settling as the sun faded. 14 species were seen in total.

Lawrie de Whalley, who led the walk, commented: “It was good to be able to share these butterflies with passing families and their children, and the wide views over Weymouth Bay to Portland added to our pleasure”