Brian has left a wildflower patch in his lawn in Harman’s Cross, and saw these two together on 22/08/2019. It’s a great shot for showing people how small the blue is, something which those new to butterflies can find quite surprising.
We are receiving a huge number of sightings of this migratory species. Continue reading
Luc went for an afternoon stroll in Smokey Hole Lane, Dorchester on 31/07/19 and sent us these photos of a female Common Blue, and one of ten Painted Lady butterflies which he saw there. On this photo the Painted Lady appears to have ‘eyes’ to warn off predators, not always so noticable when viewed in the field.
This a lovely example of a female Common Blue, showing the blue basal flush and a clear pattern of spots around the wing borders.
When Paul sent us this photo of a Painted Lady taken at Boscombe Cliff Gardens on 1/08/19 it seemed a good idea to post it to the gallery immediately after the Painted Lady aberration photo, to show the difference between them.
Paul commented that he saw at least a dozen in the gardens that day, nothing like the numbers arriving on the East Coast or further North, but nonetheless lovely to see.
Luc caught this shot at Smokey Hole Lane in Dorchester and tells us it was one of ten he saw of this species.
We have had quite an influx of Painted Ladies (which are all migrants), but nothing compared to the deluge Scotland has been enjoying recently.
George was walking in the woods beside Hardy Monument on 26/07/19 when he spotted a Painted Lady on the track.
Although we have had reports of far more in Dorset this year than last, we have yet to see the numbers here that are flying in further north. Thousands were recorded last weekend in Northumberland, so maybe the big 10 year migration is underway.
Two stunning butterflies, captured on camera by Mel at Badbury Rings on 9/07/19. Painted Ladies are being seen in great numbers this year, in the UK and even higher numbers in Europe. The Small Tortoiseshell seems to be having a better year but is still a butterfly in steep decline sadly.
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 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.
We have received reports of over 200 Painted Ladies today, mainly from Continue reading