Would be great if someone can confirm / identify these, all taken in Dorset.
I think this one is a silver washed fritillary, taken mid July
Next 3 were taken end of July.
Not sure but these might by small blues?
I think this a common blue, and would you know what the red things on the front are, and if they are dangerous for the butterfly?
and last but not least I think this may be a type of heath?
Thanks for posting these interesting photos.
I think you're right with your initial ids that:
1 is a silver washed frit,
2 are small blues (I don't think they're holly blues because the base colour changes whereas holy blues tend to be purely light blue),
3 is most likely to be a 'blue' female common blue - most females have brown upper forewings, but some come up blue and I think yours is one of those. The red things are probably mites. As far as I know they just hitch a ride between flowers and don't cause butterflies any harm, but I'm dredging that up from the back of my memory and wouldn't be surprised if someone else knew otherwise
4 looks like a small heath.
Thanks Mark, good to hear that the mites dont harm them. There were a lot at one particular site.
This identification stuff is not easy at all, particularly with blues when you can only see their underside wing. Only just started taking butterflies in anger this summer so a lot of the species are new to me. I have a Collins field book at moment, but think I need to invest in something better.
Thanks and I did some research. Looking on the UK Butterfly site a High Brown has an indented 3rd spot so I would think that this is more likely the silverwashed