Butterfly numbers still appear to be well up on last year. Continue reading
Shona was very happy with this photo of two Peacock butterflies she saw at King Barrow on 29/03/19. The sun was shining through the the half opened wings of the top individual, and showed the eye through the wing. Usually the underside of a Peacock is very plain and dark.
A lovely Spring setting.
Ann found this pristine Peacock in her Corfe Mullen garden on 26/03/19.
This will be a hibernated individual, tempted out of hibernation during the warm sunshine we are experiencing this week.
Harold spotted this beautiful Peacock on grape Hyacinths in his Sandford garden on 17/03/19.
Tempted out of hibernation due to warm temperatures and obviously not minding the gale force winds we experienced that week.
Ann spotted this Peacock in a garden at Corfe Mullen on 25/02/19.
This species is one that hibernates over winter and emerges on warmer days. Normally this happens mostly at the end of March, and after mating gives rise to the next generation at the end of July.
This year emergence from hibernation has been spectacularly different, so it will be interesting to see what records are produced later in the year.
Shona sent us this photo of a Peacock seen in what she described as a half hearted mating refusal position at Kingston Lacey NT allotments on 13/10/18. Sometimes the abdomen is raised very markedly it can indicate the female has already mated and doesn’t want further attention. However when the abdomen is raised only slightly it may be a sign of receptiveness on her part. Poor males, let’s hope they are good at reading the signals.
Alison photographed this Peacock at Badbury Rings on 6/07/18.
Her photo shows the amazing eye markings that hopefully deter predators such as dragonflies or birds from attacking it.
Happy New Year!
Mark found this beautiful bright over-wintering Peacock in his garden on 1/01/19. He tells us it posed perfectly ,as can been seen in the lovely photos he shared with us, before flying off into the distance.
In mild weather this species along with others often come out of hibernation. Hopefully it returned to somewhere warm and safe before the very cold temperatures hit Dorset next day.
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.
The current spell of good weather, without the intense heat and drought of the summer, is bringing out the butterflies which are still on the wing at this time of year. Continue reading