Alners Gorse

Brown Hairstreak at Alners Gorse, Dorset
Brown Hairstreak

Highlights from a recent visit to the Butterfly Conservation Society managed Alners Gorse on one of the hottest days of the year.

Purple Hairstreak amongst the Alder BuckthornPurple Hairstreak amongst the Alder Buckthorn Purple HairstreakDespite a long wait this particular one just wouldn’t open its wings. Fortunately the purple on the forewings can be just about be made out.
Purple Hairstreak, one of 12 feeding on nectar and honeydew around the Alder Buckthorns Purple Hairstreak
Another Purple Hairstreak, one of 12 feeding on nectar and honeydew around the Alder Buckthorns 26C one of the hottest days of the year, gloriously sunny and still no opening of the wings or attempts at flying.
Silver Washed Fritillary feeding on thistle heads
Silver-washed Fritillary feeding on the thistle heads. Note the distinctive silver wash to the underside of the rear wings.
Silver Washed Fritillary feeding on Bramble. Silver-washed Fritillary
Another male Silver-washed Fritillary feeding on Bramble. A third one feeding again on thistle.
Brown Hairstreak
Hard to resist another opportunity to see one of our rarest Hairstreaks on the walk back to the car – a superb butterfly within possibly the best location in the country for hairstreak butterflies. Unfortunately the numerous White-letter Hairstreaks high up in the Wych Elms stayed high up in the Elms.

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