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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Small Blue second generation. Photo: Richard Belding
Another shot caught on the walk that goes by the side of the Weymouth Relief Road, taken on 18/07/2017. This tends to be a very short-lived brood, so he did well to catch it, though we know it was still present on 24/07/2017.
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.