The beautiful golden yellow Clouded Yellow is an annual migrant with numbers varying from year to year. Martin found this one at Longham Lakes on 05/10/2019 and the super photo he sent us shows it in all its glory.
Mike sent in this photo of a Clouded Yellow he and his partner saw at Southbourne on 15/09/2019 adding that he was aware that they had been reported here about a week ago and that he had seen them in the past along the cliffs. Continue reading
Brian saw 4 Clouded Yellows on the butterfly transect at Durlston on 27/08/2019, the first he has seen this year on the transect count there. He added that they were flying quite fast through the meadows to the north of the parking area, settling briefly to be photographed.
Harold took this photo of Clouded Yellows mating on 22/08/2019 on the hills to the west of Osmington whilst on a walk organised by the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation. Harold tells us that in total they saw 17 species and that it was a lovely walk with good weather and great company.
We’ve had two lots of praise come in for the walk we held at Osmington on 22 August – we’re glad it was enjoyable! This shot of mating Clouded Yellows comes from Harold Gillen, who reports the guided walk saw 17 species in all, and said: “Lovely walk, lovely weather and great company”. Thank you Harold!
David spotted this Clouded Yellow while at Alner’s Gorse on 1/08/19.
Considering the hot weather we have had this summer, this migrant species do not seem to have been seen as often as you might expect this year.
Andy tells us:
Here are a couple of shots of 2 Clouded Yellow helice form taken at Southbourne Undercliffe on 2/11/18 ,one very fresh. In total 18 Clouded Yellow seen with lots of courtship going on not bad for November.
On 24/10/18 Brian visited Ballard Down and tells us:
The Swanage Walking Group today walked along the base of Ballard Down, then up Nine Barrow Down near Swanage
There were lots of Clouded Yellows , I counted at least 12 as we walked along. We were all marvelling at how bright and yellow they looked in the sunshine.
Clouded Yellows seem to have done well late this year as many have been reported.
Shona went along to Southbourne Undercliffe on 9/10/18 to see if she could see the Clouded Yellows she had heard were present there.
Her photograph of this lovely butterfly is particularly pleasing shown against the soft colours of the Micheaelmas Daisy it is nectaring on.
Two lovely reminders that butterflies are to be seen in towns as well as the countryside. Mike comments that these two species have recently been more plentiful than at any time earlier this year. He saw the Clouded Yellow at the Boscombe Cliff Gardens on 25/09/2018, and the Red Admiral, drinking at a seepage at the Manor zigzag in Boscombe (Bournemouth) on 23/09/2018.