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View of a Peacock and a Tortoiseshell nectaring on Buddleia, both showing upper wings

Peacock and Tortoiseshell. Photo: Paul Griffiths

Paul photographed this Peacock and a Tortoiseshell on 30/7/14 in his garden at Bearwood.

It would be interesting to know if Paul was lucky enough to see this sight in 2018, as Tortoiseshell butterflies were sadly rarely seen in Dorset this year nor were the usual numbers of Peacocks seen. Let us hope we will still see sights as lovely as this in future years and the lack of sightings this year was just a one off, due maybe to the intense heat we suffered during their usual flight period.

Small Tortoiseshells suffering from the summer heat?

Orange, yellow, brown and blue butterfly on grass
Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Brian Arnold.

Brian Arnold sent us in this great photo of a Small Tortoiseshell recently and said from his observations “They seemed to be quite scarce last year, but … they have virtually disappeared this year”. We asked our Records Officer, Bill Shreeves to comment. Continue reading

Silver-washed Fritillary and Peacock nectaring together on a buddleia flowerspike

Silver-washed Fritillary and Peacock. Photo: Harold Gillen

Harold watched this Silver-washed Fritillary and a Peacock happily nectaring together on the same Buddleia flower spike on 12/07/18 in his Sandford garden.Given the number of flowers spikes on this plant it seems amazing that they chose the same one.

Harold tells us that to date he has recorded eighteen species of butterflies in his garden this year, a very impressive total!

view of a Peacock nectaring with wings open wide on a pink flower

Peacock. Photo: Gordon Cryer

Gordon saw this freshly emerged Peacock on Slepe Heath on 5/07/18

The Peacock is a familiar sight in gardens across the British Isles and is unmistakable, with quite spectacular eyes on the upperside of the hindwings that give this butterfly its name. These eyes must appear very threatening to predators, such as mice, that confront this butterfly head-on, where the body forming a “beak”, as shown in the image below.

view of a Peacock with wings open resting on a hydrangea flower

Peacock. Photo: Lynda Lambert

Lynda spotted this freshly emerged Peacock in her Corfe Mullen garden on 8/07/18 and tells us:

Having seen my first peacocks of the year only a day or so ago,I was pleased to see this one in my garden today as it is the first of the year for my BC Dorset garden records.

Garden records are important to Butterfly Conservation so if you do not already record your garden sightings please consider doing so as it is easy to do either online or by post once a year. Full details of how on our website .

view of a Peacock on dead leaves  showing all upperside wings

Peacock. Photo: Elaine Townsend

Elaine photographed this beautiful peacock on 14/04/18 at Happy Valley, Corfe Mullen.

The beautiful weather that day had obviously brought it out of hibernation, as the flight period for Peacock butterflies is usually July- Sept. In the right weather conditions it is possible to see this butterfly flying twelve months of the year.

View of a Peacock resting with open wings on leaf litter, unusually showing one hindwing smaller but fully formed

Peacock. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark found this Peacock at Motcombe Meadows on 14/04/18 and noticed that one hind-wing looked a bit unusual.Interestingly the wing appears to be complete in shape and pattern but a good bit smaller than the other. This butterfly is another species that can emerge from hibernation on warm late winter or early spring days, its normal flight period being June-August.