I had a little detour in early June after a check up at the dentist in Blandford, I went to Martin Down reserve off the Salisbury road for a couple of hours. The butterflies have been reluctant to make an appearance locally but with some better weather I was hoping to see a few.

It took me a while to get my eye in and was beginning to think it was a wasted trip but then I started to see one or two blues. I headed towards Bockerley Dyke, I ended up in a very deep ditch, whether that was the dyke I’m not sure but there was an abundance Butterflies in there and I spent a while trying to photograph a few and hoping I would manage to get out again!

Common Blue on Salad Burnet
Common Blue on Salad Burnet
Common Blue on Birdsfoot Trefoil
Common Blue on Birdsfoot Trefoil

I was really pleased to see the a couple of Marsh Fritillaries, I didn’t expect to see them at Martin Down and as usual I’d forgot how small they were.

Marsh Fritillary on Milkwort
Marsh Fritillary on Milkwort
Marsh Fritillary on Milkwort
Marsh Fritillary on Milkwort
Marsh Fritillary on Milkwort
Marsh Fritillary on Milkwort
Brown Argus
Brown Argus
Small Blue
Small Blue
Small Blue
Small Blue
Small Blue
Small Blue

When I got of the ditch and heading back to the car park Was lucky to see a couple of Butterflies I hadn’t seen before, a Grizzled Skipper and Dingy Skipper it was lucky I spotted them as again they are very small, both are priority species for conservation.

Grizzled Skipper
Grizzled Skipper
Dingy Skipper
Dingy Skipper
Small Copper
Small Copper
Small Heath
Small Heath
Small Heath
Small Heath

There were quite a number of moths flying as well and when I saw the Tiger Moth on my computer I realised it was a different one to the usual Garden Tiger Moth as it had yellow bordering the wings and head, a little bit of research I found out it was a Wood Tiger Moth.

Five Spot Burnet Moth
Five Spot Burnet Moth
Burnet Companion Moth
Burnet Companion Moth
Wood Tiger Moth
Wood Tiger Moth
Yellow Shell Moth
Yellow Shell Moth

An enjoyable time and I was pleased to see the different species and some new sightings for me.

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