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
Mark discovered this Peacock in a cave at Portland on 3/08/18 and tells us:
There were 6 all suspended from a tunnel ceiling on Portland. The white sack is apparently a spider’s egg sack that likes to inhabit caves in Europe.
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
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!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
George saw this, his first Peacock of the year, at Lorton Meadow (Weymouth).
This is a butterfly that over-winters as an adult, as do five others native to the UK. Nine go through the winter as eggs, 11 as a chrysalis and 32 as caterpillars.
With the recent snow, it’s a bit difficult to believe in sunshine or butterflies, but they will turn up. This website has so far had four species reported Continue reading