David and Frances sent in this photo taken on 20/09/2019 of a rather tatty Painted Lady which they tell us has been in their garden for a few days. It has spent it’s time re-fuelling on Buddleia and despite it’s condition has still been capable of strong flight – this is one determined butterfly battling to survive for as long as possible.
This small blue butterfly with ‘tails’ to its hindwings is rarely seen in the UK, but there have been a number of UK sightings this year, including ten in Dorset. We have now had news of the butterfly having bred in a garden Continue reading
David tells us :
On 28th July, I spotted this Grayling trying to get into my kitchen in Lower Parkstone, Poole! After giving up, he re-fuelled on a nearby Buddleia. Grayling are now showing in several unlikely places in our area. We suspect they come from Parkstone golf course.
David is right, they have been recently been reported in an urban garden in Broadstone and another in a rural garden at Harman’s Cross.
Bill sent us these photos of a Puss Moth caterpillar which he found on 15/07/19 whilst doing a spot of gardening in Parkstone.
This one is at an early stage before it turns bright green and grows longer tails. It will over winter as a pupa in a very hard cocoon spun on a tree trunk or post incorporating wood macerated by the caterpillar. In May-July the following year it will emerge as a large furry greyish white moth with black spots on thorax and base of forewing.
Bill sent us these photos of this Privet Hawkmoth which he found in his Parkstone garden on 1/07/19.
With a wingspan of 90-120 mm. this is our largest resident hawk-moth, which is distributed in the southern half of Britain, and has distinctive pink and black barring on the body.
The similarly-striped hindwings are often concealed.
It frequents woodland and suburban habitats, and flies in June and July, with a single generation.