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A huge, black and yellow moth, traditionally seen as an omen of death, has been found in a Dorset garden just days before Halloween!
Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation is inviting families to make the most of the final weeks of summer by joining the search for one of our rarest butterflies, the Silver-spotted Skipper.
37 species on the wing in July
Butterfly Conservation Dorset is asking people to visit historic Maiden Castle near Dorchester to record butterfly sightings.
41 butterflies were reported in Dorset during February 2014
Four species have been sighted so far in January.
An amazing 101 butterflies have been reported to the Dorset Branch website in November.
Large numbers of Clouded Yellows have been seen in Dorset.
Success of management work on Alners Gorse Butterfly Reserve proved by the butterflies seen.
The 27th species of butterfly we have recorded this year in Dorset is the Painted Lady - and we've had four reports from widely-spread areas.
Despite the disappointing Spring so far, 15 butterfly species are now on the wing in Dorset.