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Working to save Dorset's butterflies and moths

75% of British butterflies and 66% of common moths have declined in living memory. Our efforts include conservation work, monitoring butterflies and moths, and raising awareness of the problems they face. There are lots of ways you can help.  Find out more

2015 Butterfly Results

Example of a double page spread from the report

You can find out how the butterflies of Dorset fared during 2015 from our Annual Butterfly Report, available on our Butterfly Reports page. 36 pages, now in full colour! See whether it was a good butterfly year or not, and which species fared well or badly. Read more...

Can you find a Peacock?

Peacock butterfly with its wings outspread
Peacock. Photo: Richard Gillingham

No, not the bird – the butterfly. A bit smaller, but equally beautiful and easy to identify – look at the colours in those wings! We haven’t had a single Peacock reported since 23 August – eight days ago! Read more...

Purple Emperor – Ringwood

Purple Emperor (female). Photo: Edward Brett
Purple Emperor (female). Photo: Edward Brett

What's the most unexpected butterfly sighting you've had in your garden? Edward Brett from St Ives near Ringwood, close to the border with neighbouring Hampshire, has sent us these amazing photographs of a female Purple Emperor happily feeding on Buddleia in his garden on 10th August 2016! Read more...

Painted Lady Caterpillars

Painted Lady caterpillar. Photo: Dave Law
Painted Lady caterpillar. Photo: Dave Law

Dave Law brings us this exciting news: “A walk along the Dorset coast from Ringstead Bay to Durdle Door revealed the offspring of the Painted Lady feeding on thistles . Virtually every clump revealed near fully grown larvae.  Prepare for a summer emergence in the next 2-3 weeks!” Read more...

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Orange Tip being eaten by a crab spider
Orange Tip being eaten by a crab spider. Photo: Ann and Gordon Cryer

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