A yellow butterfly with some black markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Clouded Yellow (male). Photo: Shona Refoy

A yellow butterfly with some black markings nectaring on a yellow flower.

Clouded Yellow (female). Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona made a return visit to Lorton Meadows yesterday, 11/10/2020 and these are just two of the photos she sent in.  The top photo shows a male Clouded Yellow which fluttered his wings as he moved his feet while nectaring and Shona told us she was very lucky to capture this image.

The bottom photo shows most of a female Clouded Yellow as she was flying from flower to flower nectaring. Shona also mentioned that there are fewer butterflies in Rodway Mead now adding that the cows have eaten most of the flowers!

Editor’s Note:  This is a butterfly which when it pauses to feed or rest, invariably closes its wings and it is rare to see the uppersides of the wings except when they are in flight.  These two remarkable photos clearly show the differences between the male and female and despite Shona’s reservations (she said I’m not sure that they are worthy of a place in the Gallery) I consider them to be very worthy of their place there. I also agree with her sentiments that it’s such a shame that such a beautiful butterfly refuses to sit with open wings.

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