Edmund has sent us this photo of one of several Silver-studded Blues he saw in Tout Quarry, Portland yesterday, 15/06/2020.
Linda photographed these Chalkhill Blues mating and a Grayling on 17/07/19 and tells us:
Today at Tout, up to 30 Grayling, Chalkhill Blues, Wall Brown, Red Admiral, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Marbled Whites, Small White, Small Tortoisehell ,Scarlet Tiger moth x2, 6 Spot Burnets, grasshoppers , Cinnabar moths, Hummingbird Hawkmoth, and ladybirds.What a great place to visit on Portland and a super record of things seen. The butterflies and moths were reported to Dorsetbutterflies.com /sightings.
Andrew tells us he found his first Wall Brown this summer at Tout Quarry on 14/07/19.
This is a sun loving butterfly which has been spotted in various habitat, coastal, edge of woodlands and heathland tracks on occasion.
Linda kindly responded to my request on Twitter to let us have this lovely photo of a Grayling which she found in Tout Quarry on 3/07/19.
They are just showing up now, though not always easy to spot as they are masters of camouflage!
Cliona visited Portland on 30/05.19 and says:
I was so excited yesterday to see Adonis Blues, Common Blues, Small Blues and Dingy Skippers all flitting around together. It was a joyful sight to behold in amongst the glorious colours and sunshine at Tout Quarry. Wonderful! Here are a couple of photos I took on my phone, as I just want to share my excitement and enthusiasm 🙂
We are pleased you did share the photos with us Cliona.
Mike found this Large Tortoiseshell at Tout Quarry on 26/02/19. He tells us it was sunning itself on the rocks and was one of two seen. Continue reading
Andy was thrilled to find his first Large Tortoiseshell in the UK at Tout Quarry on 26/02/19.
Two were reported as being seen there, one having a light coloured speck above the third of the dark blotches on the right fore-wing.
This species is not known as a migrant, so it would be interesting to know if they are releases or maybe they are going to start migrating to our shores.
We have had seven reports of a Large Tortoiseshell in Tout Quarry on Portland. To date we are sure there are two individual butterflies. Continue reading
James tells us he spent a lovely morning at Tout Quarry on 17/07/18 where he photographed these Chalkhill Blues.
The top photo is of a female and the above photo shows the markings of the undersides clearly for ID purposes. Common Blues have very similar underside markings, but the diagnostic markings are those around the rim of the wings, There is a chequered effect on Chalkhill Blues and a plain white rim on Common Blues.
Penny did well to find this moth on a dull and cloudy day. She took this shot in Tout Quarry, on Portland on 18 June. This long-disused quarry is a great place for butterflies, as it has lots of warm, sheltered areas.