Moth trapping and guided butterfly walk on Dorset's first butterfly reserve
Species to look out for
Dorset is one of the best areas in the UK for butterflies and moths and we are a very active Branch of Butterfly Conservation.
If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Dorset branch.
Nearly a million butterflies have been officially recorded in Dorset over the last five years, but the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation need your help to fill some gaps on the map!
Part of our work is to investigate the reasons behind a lack of sightings. Two butterflies we need your help in finding in the Piddletrenthide/Melcombe Bingham area of Dorset are the Grizzled and Dingy Skipper.
An area which was an old school field in Poole has been turned by the Borough Council into a public open space, complete with a wildlife area, a large pond and a wetland area.
44 species of butterflies can be seen in Dorset. View the latest butterfly sightings in Dorset or record your own via our easy map-based system.
As of 11 May we had 23 species on the wing including all the usual spring species and the Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. Also Clouded Yellows and Painted Ladies - five of each reported in April.
Marsh Fritillary larvae have also been seen. Check out the latest First Sightings of 2015.
Unusual Spring Sighting: A Humming-bird hawk-moth was seen nectaring on hyacinths on 12 March!
Photo Of The Month
Please send us any unusual or beautiful photos of butterflies out and about in Dorset.
This photo was sent to us by teenager Andrew Cooper, who spotted this Holly Blue caterpillar in his Bournemouth garden despite its fantastic camouflage! Can you see it?