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A black and white butterfly on some green vegetation

Marbled White. Photo: Sharon Towning

A black and white butterfly on some green vegetation

Marbled White. Photo: Sharon Towning

Two photos from Sharon sent in telling us:

I was surprised today, 11/06/2024 to see a Male Marbled White Butterfly at Portland Bill,  Then I came across a female – they were in the little meadow by the Birds Observation Lighthouse.

A blue and brown butterfly with black, white and orange markings on a plant seed head

Common Blue. Photo: Penny Hawes

A blue butterfly on a yellow flower

Common Blue. Photo: Penny Hawes

Penny sent in these photos of two of the Common Blues she saw on a hot day in her favourite places on Portland yesterday, 07/06/2024. The photos were taken at Perryfields and High Angle Battery.

White buterfly with black tips to its wings and a black spot on each forewing

Large White. Photo: Sharon Towning

Sharon spotted her first Large White of the year on Portland on 15 May. It’s good to have a shot of a more common butterfly – we don’t always stop and appreciate their markings.

Pretty Chalk Carpet. Photo: Bob Ford

Bob Ford sent us this photo of a Pretty Chalk Carpet which flew up on to a garden fence on the coast path in the NE corner of Portland Harbour today.

This is a remarkable sighting as the flight season is usually early June – August, though I have been reliably informed there has been a sighting recorded in the Dorset Moth group in mid April.

There is always a possibility that this could a moth that has been bred and released as it would emerge early due to the temperature in a house.  Something hard to prove unless someone tells us that is the case.

It is of course April Fools Day, but in this instance that can definitely be ruled out!

A blue butterfly with a white fringe to the wings resting on the green stem of a plant

Common Blue. Photo: Penny Hawes

Penny sent in this photo of a Common Blue telling us:

Two beautiful October days on Portland – this slightly tattered Common Blue was down on the shore at Hamm Beach on 07/10/2023.  Apart from a few fast flying distant Whites, the only other butterflies I found were lots of Red Admirals on blossoming ivy.

A blue and greyish brown butterfly with some black and white markings reating on a brown plant stem

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Jill Franks

A yellow butterfly with some black, white and brownish markings resting on some broken rock fragments

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Jill Franks

Two photos from Jill sent in telling us:

On 11/09/2023 thanks to three very kind butterfly enthusiasts, I was able to take these photographs on my first visit to Perryfields.  The sun came out too and I was so pleased to get the Chalkhill Blue – my first!

A brown and orange butterfly with some black and white markings on a white flower

Small Heath. Photo: Penny Hawes

Penny was back on Portland yesterday, 23/08/2023 and sent us this photo of a Small Heath she saw at High Angle Battery – she told us that it had been a good day for both her and her new camera as in addition to butterflies she also saw a Little Owl, Common Wall Lizards, and Autumn Ladies Tresses.

A blue butterfly with black and white markings resting on a green leaf

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Mark Pike

A blue and brown butterfly with black, white and orange markings resting on a green leaf

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: Mark Pike

Two photos from Mark sent in telling us:

Almost unbroken sunshine at Portland today, 29/07/2023 but very windy! Chalk Hills Blues showing a little better than a fortnight ago, but still seem to be down on usual numbers. These Chalkhills were seen at High Angle Battery.