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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.

Clouded Yellow, RSPB Arne

view ofa Clouded Yellow with wings half closed shoing part of under fore-wing and under hind-wing

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Callum MacGregor

view of Clouded Yellow wings half closed

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Callum MacGregor

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.

View of a Clouded Yellow on a Spanish bluebell showing fore and hind-wings undersides

Clouded Yellow. Photo: Michael Skelton

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.

view of |a helice form of Clouded Yellow nectaring on a purple flower showing a little of upperside fore-wing and underside hind-wing

Clouded Yellow  Form helice. Photo: Andrew Martin

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.