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small Blue butterflies mating and showing their pale blue underwings with tiny black dots

Small Blues. Photo: George McCabe

George counted 46 Small Blues whilst walking the cutting on Weymouth Relief Road on 20/07/19.

He commented these two were making up for lost time after the rain the previous day!

This is a very tiny but distinctive species which is unlikely to be confused with any others we have in the UK. When seen like this, Holly Blue may look similar but is noticeably bigger.

view of Marbled Whites mating

Marbled Whites. Photo: NIcola Maslen

Nicola says she was in the right place at the right moment when cycling home on the Weymouth Relief Road on 25/06/18 and saw these Marbled White butterflies mating.It is lovely to see the beautiful pattern of the underside hind-wings, and to note the difference in colour between the male and female.The female is almost the colour of the center of the flower they are on.

view o a Large Skipper resting on leaves

Large Skipper. Photo: George McCabe

George found this Large Skipper on the cutting at the Weymouth Relief Road on 29/05/18.

This species usually flies from June-July in one brood with some found in August. This one is a little early , bucking the trend of everything being late this year!

The habitat favoured is grassy, bushy, woodland margins and clearings containing an abundance of ferns and blackberry. Both sexes are strongly attracted to blackberry blossom and often rest and bask on it’s leaves.

A very small grey-blue butterfly beside some bright yellow flowers

Small Blue. Photo: Stephen Brown

Small Blue on cowslip. Photo: Stephen Brown.

Stephen did the new butterfly monitoring walk by the Weymouth Relief road on 14/05/2018 and got these lovely shots of this tiny butterfly.

This species is declining in most areas of the UK, so we are very pleased that it has decided to come to the slopes to the side of the Weymouth relief road, where a habitat friendly to butterflies was deliberately created when the road was built for the 2012 Olympics.

view of an Orange Tipshowing a glimpse of the green patterned underside of hind-wing

Orange Tip. Photo: Nicki Maslen

view of amale Orange tip  alighting on a cuckoo flower

Orange Tip. Photo: Nicki Maslen

Nicki saw this beautiful Male Orange tip while recording for RSPB Weymouth on the Weymouth Relief Road on 5/05/18.

The Cuckoo flowers it is visiting is one of the favourite caterpillar foodplants, and one the female lays her eggs on. Hedge Garlic and Honesty are two more .

This species overwinters as a chrysalis and the adult butterflies emerge in late March in good years and can be seen on the wing until June.

View of an Adonis Blue nectaring on a pink flower , showing upper and under fore-wings and hind-wings

Adonis Blue. Photo: George McCabe

George found this Adonis Blue on 25/08/2017 whilst walking up the cutting on the Weymouth Relief Road.

It is so good to know that butterflies, especially this declining species, have inhabited this area after the extensive roadworks which took place a few years ago.

This Adonis would be from the second brood late July-mid September and is already losing the distinctive black chequered fringe around its wings which is a reliable identification feature for this species.

Side view of a male yellow Brimstone clinging sideways to a leaf

Brimstone. Photo: George McCabe

Side view of a Clouded Yellow on a scabious flower

Clouded Yellow. Photo: George McCabe

It’s rather useful George caught these two on the same walk, as people new to butterflies can hear about the Clouded Yellow, then see a Brimstone and think they’ve seen one. As these shots show, the Brimstone is a lighter more acid yellow, and the wings are a very distinctive shape. You will rarely catch sight of the upper wings of either.

Taken on the Weymouth Relief Road cutting on 25/07/2017.

Side view of Small copper on a stony area

Small Copper. Photo: Richard Belding

Taken by Richard by the side of the Weymouth Relief Road on 18/07/2017. He says, though it was windy, he recorded 14 species.

The Small Copper can have three broods in one year. This will be from the second brood and may breed to cause a third brood seen in later September and early October. The first Small Copper this year was reported to the website on 27 March. Have a look at the comparison between last year and this on our This year v last year page and you will see that the whole of last year brought 160 sightings to the website, while we are only in the middle of the second brood this year and have already recorded 129.