Tag Archives: Ryewater Nursery

View of a green butterfly resting on the ground by a green plant

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Wren Franklin

Being the only British butterfly with a green underside to the wings can make it difficult to spot amongst the spring foliage but Wren found and photographed this early one (his first this year) at the private Ryewater Nursery in North Dorset on 08/04/2020.

This was seen 7 days earlier than the first one reported to the Dorset BC website last year which was on 15/04/2019.

view of a Marsh Fritillary  nectaring on  a blue flower

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Wren Franklin

view of Marsh fritillary nectaring  and showing underwings and abdomen

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Wren Franklin

Wren photographed this Marsh Fritillary at Ryewater Nursery, Sherborne on 22/05/18 and says he saw a further four while walking his transect later in the day. These photos were taken at dawn which is why Wren was able to capture the beauty of dewdrops on the antennae.

Hopefully this year will be a better year for Marsh Fritillary, one of our declining species. A number have been reported not only in Dorset, but elsewhere in the UK. Loss of habitat is a major factor in their decline, though Butterfly Conservation  and their volunteers carry out a great deal of habitat management to enable this stunning butterfly to survive.

The flight period is May – July in one brood, and the caterpillar foodplant is Devils-bit Scabious, and sometimes honeysuckle.

Brown Hairstreak eggs. Photo: Wren Franklin

Brown Hairstreak eggs. Photo: Wren Franklin

This lovely winter shot was taken at Ryewater Nursery near Sherborne on 01/12/2016 of not one but three Brown Hairstreak eggs! Searching for the eggs on their foodplant Blackthorn during winter months, can often be the easiest way to find this local and often elusive species.