Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Mark Pike
Holly Blue. Photo: Mark Pike
When Mark visited Alners Gorse on 23/07/19 not only did he find an early Brown Hairstreak but he somehow managed to get it to pose on his finger! Mark, the Butterfly Whisperer! Normally these butterflies are seen up fairly high up in trees and only occasionally on lower vegetation.
The Holly Blue was too shy but posed nicely on a leaf for him to take a photo. This would be one of the recently emerged 2nd generation, and can be seen on the wing into early September.
Brimstone. Photo: Mark Pike
Marsh Fritillary Caterpillars. Photo: Mark Pike
Mark commented that this female Brimstone was so well camouflaged against the leaf she settled on at Alners Gorse when he visited the reserve on 29/07/19.
Not so were the caterpillars of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly which is found at Alners Gorse,. The mite, trombidium breei seen on one of the caterpillars is often found on butterflies and other insects but apparently does them no harm.
Chalkhill Blues. Photo: Mark Pike
Grayling. Photo: Mark Pike
When Mike visited Portland on 21/07/19 he witnessed these Chalkhill Blues having a party! They certainly look like they are enjoying the drinks, in this instance minerals from the small rock they have alighted on. Continue reading
Ringlet ab .cuneatea. Photo: Mark Pike
Lots of aberrations are being reported this year. This one from Mark was seen at Alners Gorse,on 15/07/19 and is a Ringlet, ab. cuneatea. As you can see the rings are elongated rather than round.
Black Arches. Photo: Mark Pike
Mark always like to show us the faces of moths in close up. This is a Black Arches from his Motcombe garden moth trap on 15/07/19.
Silver-washed Fritillaries. Photo: Mark Pike
Mark witnessed this scene at Alners Gorse on 16/07/19 and tells us:
Male Silver Washed Fritillaries queue to gain the attentions of a valesina female, of which incidentally none were lucky boys!
Purple Hairstreak ab. depuncta. Photo: Mark Pike
Mark is an aberration butterfly hunter😊 This one is the second one he has found this week.
This one is a Purple Hairstreak, missing the black spot on the bottom of the hindwing next to the orange spots.
He spotted it at Alner’s Gorse on 16/07/19.
Silver-washed Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike
Mark’s photo of this Silver-washed Fritillary, taken at Alner’s Gorse on 5/07/19, shows just how stunning the underside can look when caught at the right angle and in the best light. Quite lovely Mark!
Peacock. Photo: Mark Pike
Red Admiral. Photo: Mark Pike
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!