Vanessids

A guide to butterfly species commonly found in Dorset

Comma

Polygonia c-album

Comma Comma
When to see:

Mid March to Mid May.
Early to Mid June.
July and Early August.
End August to End October.
Peak: April, July and September.

Habitat:

Lanes, woodland

Where to see:

Anywhere

Foodplants:

Nettles (in hedge), Wych Elm

Behaviour:

Perch

Atlas: Distribution map & population trends

 

Painted Lady

Cynthia cardui

Painted Lady Painted Lady
When to see:

Early April to Early July.
End July to Mid October.
Peak: May and June, Early August to End September

Habitat:

Anywhere

Where to see:

Anywhere (MIGRANT)

Foodplants:

Thistle, Mallow

Behaviour:

Perch

Atlas: Distribution map & population trends

 

Peacock

Inachis io

Peacock
When to see:

Mid March to Early June.
Early July to Mid October.
Peak: April to Mid May, August and September

Habitat:

Anywhere

Where to see:

Anywhere

Foodplants:

Nettles (mature, full sun/sheltered)

Behaviour:

Perch

Atlas: Distribution map & population trends

 

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral
When to see:

Mid March to End October.
Peak: Mid April to End May and Early August to Mid October

Habitat:

Anywhere

Where to see:

Anywhere (MIGRANT)

Foodplants:

Nettles (full sun)

Behaviour:

Patrol

Atlas: Distribution map & population trends

 

Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae

Small Tortoiseshell
When to see:

Mid March to End May.
Mid June to Early August.
Late August to Mid October.
Peak: April to Mid May, July, September.

Habitat:

Anywhere

Where to see:

Anywhere

Foodplants:

Nettles (young, warm/sheltered)

Behaviour:

Perch

Atlas: Distribution map & population trends

 

White Admiral

Ladoga Camilla

White Admiral
When to see:

Late June to Late August.
Peak: July

Habitat:

Woodland

Where to see:

Fifehead Wood, Piddles Wood, Stubhampton Bottom, Studland, Garston Wood, Alners Gorse

Foodplants:

Honeysuckle

Behaviour:

Perch

Atlas: Distribution map & population trends