Tag Archives: Tout Quarry

two pale blue butterflies with heavily marked underwings ,mating on knapweed

Chalkhill Blues, mating. Photo: Linda Stanley

A gray and brown butterfly nectaring knapweed

Grayling. Photo: Linda Stanley

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.
Orange and Brown butterfly with brown lines and eyespots

Wall Brown. Photo: Andrew Reekie

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.

Grayling, Photo: Linda Stanley

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!

a Small Blue nectaring on Birds-foot trefoil

Small Blue. Photo: Cliona Dando


 Common Blue resting with wings half open showing under and upper wings

Common Blue. Photo: Cliona Dando

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.

Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Andy Martin

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.

view of a female Chalkhill Blue on a stem showing all upper wings

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: James Gould


view of undersides of Chalkhill Blue on pink flowers

Chalkhill Blue. Photo: James Gould

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.