Mark says it was a good morning for Green Hairstreaks at Cerne Giant Hill on 13/05/2019. They are such a small butterfly it seems rather amusing to think of them on a giant.
Mark tells us he has seen this aberration at Giant Hill (Cerne Abbas) for the last two or three years, but this is the first decent shot he has been able to get of it. It is much more orange than the usual Duke. Continue reading
The Small Blues are just out. Mark spotted this one at Compton Down (North Dorset) on 07/05/2019. They have also been seen at Fontmell Down, not far from Compton Down, and 16 were counted on the Weymouth Relief Road cutting.
They are tiny butterflies, appearing a silver-grey colour in flight. They are quite rare, but became more widespread in Dorset between 2010 and 2014. Nationally, they have reduced in abundance.
Mark visited Motcombe Meadows on 25/04/19 and although overcast and windy he found this delightful scene.
An Orange-tip and a Green-veined White sharing a Lady’s Smock flower where an Orange-tip has laid a tiny orange egg.
This egg would have been a whitish colour when it was first laid a few days ago, before turning bright orange. Green-veined White eggs are whitish when laid and do not change colour.
This gorgeous Grizzled Skipper was found by Mark at Badbury rings on 22/04/19.
This is a warmth-loving butterfly, and both sexes bask in the sun for long periods, typically on a stone, leaf or bare earth. This is an active butterfly which will fly at most times the day, and even into the evening, if conditions are warm enough.
Mark tells us that despite a hurricane blowing on 15/04/19 at Motcombe he found a good number of Orange tip butterflies in Motcombe Meadows.
When this butterfly is on the wing, we can be sure the butterfly season has really started.
Kathy Henderson has been keeping a watchful eye on some of the Marsh Fritillary larval webson the Butterfly Conservation Reserve at Alners Gorse