Tag Archives: OSMINGTON

Greenish yellow butterfly with some brown markings nectaring on a purple buddleia flower

Brimstone. Photo: Amelia Coffen

Greenish white butterfly with black markings nectaring on a purple Buddleia flower

Large White. Photo: Amelia Coffen

Amelia sent us these photos of a Brimstone and Large White she took at Osmington on 17/07/2020 – it really does seem that Buddleia is the butterflies top choice for nectar at the moment justifying it’s name as the butterfly bush.

Black moth with r6 red spots on forewings

Six-spot Burnet Moth. Photo: Ameila Coffen

Ameila photographed this six-spot Burnet moth at Osmington on 10/07/20. Very similar to the Five-spot Burnet moth except it having 3 pairs of spots on the top of its forewings as opposed to one spot and two pairs.

It has one generation, late June to August and favours thistles and Knapweeds, the larval foodplant being mainly Birdsfoot Trefoils.

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”