George tells us that was in a field next to Upwey Station yesterday, 26/03/2020 when he saw two high flying butterflies. He watched them for a couple of minutes hoping they would land somewhere so he could see what they were but they didn’t. However, as he turned to walk away a shadow appeared over his shoulder and these two Peacocks flew into the bush in front of him, taunting him to be be quick and take their photo as they had got other things on their mind and then they were off on their amorous way.
George spotted this Comma on Mayflower blossom in the hedge running along Icen Lane, Weymouth on 23/03/2020 – he tells us he was watching a Small White and a couple of Brimstone in flight when to his surprise he noticed this Comma sunning itself and he told us nothing was going to move it.
Then on 24/03/2020 he went out with one of his wife’s dogs up to Southdown Ridge, Littlemoor, Weymouth and found a hedge full of Mayflower blossom in a sun trap where he counted 8 Peacock butterflies, one of which seemed to him to be extra-large (he told us it was quite flighty so he could only get a quick photo of it).
Lynda has sent us these lovely photos of the first garden butterflies she has seen in her Corfe Mullen garden this year – on 20/03/2020 she saw a Comma early in the morning and later in the afternoon she saw a Peacock sunning itself. Two photos to help lift the spirits in these difficult times.
Roger sent us these two photos taken on 22/03/2020 in his Wimborne garden with the following comments:
The sun today brought out 4 species of butterfly to my garden (records sent separately). Three in quick succession from my kitchen window this morning: Comma, Brimstone, Small White. Then in the afternoon in the back garden another (maybe the same?) Comma and a Peacock.
The morning Comma (photo here) spent quite some time feeding on this bush and I was able to take number of photos as it made its way over the flowers.
The Peacock is a bit tatty and has abrasion to its wings – could it have been hibernating in a confined space?
Brian has sent us his first photo this year of a butterfly in his garden at Harman’s Cross with the following comments:
This is the third species we have seen in the garden so far this year, the other two being Red Admiral and Comma. To match our total for 2019 we will have to see a further 24 species in the garden. Spring must be nearly upon us.
PS This posting was sent out earlier today showing the name of the butterfly as a Red Admiral – entirely my error for which I apologise (John East)
Shona’s continuing search for her second butterfly for 2020 was rewarded yesterday, 16/03/2020 when she saw butterflies at Badbury Rings for the first time this year. The Peacock (her first one of this species this year) was basking on a log, enjoying the sunshine as much as she was! The Brimstone she told us was having a cleaning session amongst the ivy and then flew into High Wood.
George came across this Peacock on the Old SW path on the Ridgeway Hill near Upwey, Weymouth on 24/10/2019. After a morning of rain the sun came out and he told us he just wanted to get out to enjoy the sunshine adding that it just shows that if the weather is right there are butterflies to be seen.
Following a recent very productive butterfly visit to Kingston Lacy Kitchen Garden, Shona wrote in to tell us that she went back there again on 02/10/2019 and on a Eupatorium in the corner found the favourite nectar source where she saw 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Large White, and at least 2 Peacocks and Commas just on this one plant. Shona has sent in these photos of some of them to share with us adding that she loves photos of non-matching pairs of butterflies – with results like these we can understand why.
This Peacock and Red Admiral were photographed by Mark at Garston Wood on 12/07/19. and he says he thinks the Red admiral was possibly newly emerged as it appeared very drowsy.
Maybe it just enjoyed the attention from Mark as he captured the amazing beauty of its underwing pattern. A very colour co-ordinated butterfly!
Butterfly numbers still appear to be well up on last year. Continue reading