Taken by Brian at Durlston Country Park on 27/05/2019
The common species of butterfly are as important as the rare ones: please record them via our sightings page, and, when you can, photograph them – and send your photos in to us. We use pictures on this website, in our newsletter, for publicity etc., so having a good selection to choose from is very useful. Probably the least well represented species are the Large, Small and Green-veined White, and the Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper; even the Large and Small Skippers miss out. So get out with your cameras and get shooting – we can’t guarantee we will put all of them in the Gallery, but they will be kept and used as needed, always attributing them to the photographer, of course.
Ann sent us this photo of a Small White which she saw in her Corfe Mullen garden on 26/03/19.
She thought it seemed rather early but on checking the sightings page on our website it has been reported in various places over the past week and it is usually recorded from early March through to November.
Andy took this photo on 5/04/18 above the Ulwell layby near Swanage, and says:
My first Small White of 2018 flying along the meadow above Ulwell lay-by. The butterfly was constantly being harassed by passing amorous male Brimstone. Spring on its way at last.
This species is usually found from early March -Nov, if the temperatures are warm enough. This year would have been the exception with the snow and ice experienced in the whole of the UK. As gardeners are only too aware the caterpillars favoured foodplant is the cabbage family, hence it being wrongly called a cabbage white by non butterfly enthusiasts.
Hopefully the amorous Brimstone realised its mistake. Should have gone to SpecSavers!
A male Green-veined White photographed near Winterbourne Zelston on 03/04/2017. Brian spotted a total of seven species, including several Peacocks, single specimens of Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Orange Tip and Brimstone.
Large and Small White caterpillars. Photo: Andrew Cooper
A selection of Large White (Pieris brassicae) and a couple of Small White (Pieris rapae) caterpillars that Andrew found in his Bournemouth garden, photographed on 20/08/2016.
He explains that the caterpillars were originally feeding on Nasturtiums but he brought them indoors to protect from predators and has given them Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) while the Nasturtiums recover!