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View of yellow and orange butterfly on yellow flower

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Martin Wood

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.

View of yellow butterfly on yellow flower

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Brian Arnold

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.

View of two yellow butterflies mating in the grass

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Harold Gillen

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.



Clouded Yellows at Osmington

Two yellow butterflies in long grass

Clouded yellows mating. Photo; Harold Gillen

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!

Yollowand green butterfly with black markings resting on leaves with wings almost closed

Clouded Yellow. Photo: David Simmonds

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.

view of a Clouded Yellow nectaring on Knapweed with wings partially closed

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Brian Arnold


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.

view of a Clouded Yellow nectaring on a Michaelmas Daisy

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Shona Refoy

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.

Yellow butterfly on rich purple buddlia flower spike

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Mike Skelton.

Black, red and white butterfly on a wall

Red Admiral. Photo: Mike Skelton.

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.