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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.

Peacock butterfly with open wings on dry grass

Peacock. Photo: George McCabe

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.

view of a Peacock, with open wings on a white flower

Peacock. Photo: Susan Sedgley

Susan sent us this photo of a Peacock in her Corfe Castle garden which she took in September, 2017.

We can expect to see a few of these butterflies emerge from hibernation when winter temperatures rise above the norm and the sun is shining. So far this year 5 Peacocks have been reported to BC Dorset , the first on 2/01/18  from Wimborne.

The majority emerge from hibernation at the end of March and beginning of April. These mate and ultimately give rise to the next generation that emerges at the end of July.