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.
The current spell of good weather, without the intense heat and drought of the summer, is bringing out the butterflies which are still on the wing at this time of year. Continue reading
Callum saw this Clouded Yellow in the Wildlife garden at RSPB Arne on 27/07/18 and it seems to be the first recorded sighting in Dorset this year. We did show one seen on 1/05/18 but suspected that as it was so early it could possibly have been one of the few that successfully overwinter . Who knows for sure, they are beautiful butterflies to see at any time and with the very hot weather we could expect a large influx from Europe this year as they are a migrant species.
A lovely spring Clouded Yellow photographed by Michael at Boscombe Manor Zig Zag on 1/05/18
This is one of our commonest and best known migrant butterflies, though it is known that they can overwinter in the South of England. This could well be one of the lucky ones who made it through our winter, as it is thought that most perish due to damp and frost.
Andrew photographed this Clouded Yellow, helice form, at Southbourne Undercliff on 28/09/17 and says:
“Hurray, just had my first UK Clouded Yellow form helice for 2017!
The form helice only occurs in the female of the Clouded Yellow and is similar to the much rarer immigrant, the Pale Clouded Yellow.
Mike took these photographs of a female Clouded Yellow and a mating pair at Southbourne Undercliff on 28/10/17.
Whilst this species is primarily an immigrant, it is known there is a population at Southbourne on the undercliff that do successfully overwinter. However the majority of the caterpillars and pupa do perish as they are very susceptible to frost and damp .
In good years Clouded Yellows can produce up to three generations in the UK.
Andy Martin has not only sent us this photo of a Clouded Yellow helice form at Ulwell (near Swanage), taken on 12 October but also Continue reading