Clouded Yellow’s on the Cliff

11 Aug

I finally managed to photograph a Clouded Yellow butterfly.  There were two flying rapidly along the cliff in Sherston only stopping occasionally to feed making it hard to catch up with them especially on a steep slope!!

These butterflies migrate from North Africa and can appear in quite reasonable numbers in some years. Given I also saw one on a road junction near Trowbridge in Wiltshire while waiting at a traffic light this must be a good year for them..

Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Clouded Yellow Butterfly

There seem to be a fantastic number of butterflies around at the moment – a 30 minute walk along the cliff produced the following:

Large White – 6

Meadow Brown – 13

Gatekeeper – 5

Small Copper – 3

Common Blue – 21

Small White – 5

Green Veined White – 5

Comma – 2

Peacock – 1

Small Tortishell – 1

Large Skipper – 1

and of course – Clouded Yellow – 2

The abundance of many species this summer, given the really bad season they had last year, shows how quickly some animals can rebound if given the choice.



3 Responses to “Clouded Yellow’s on the Cliff”

  1. Bob Philpott August 13, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    Geoff, Nice to get a Clouded Yellow that actually sat still for a few seconds. I was at Portland on Sunday and saw one come in off the sea. Considering it could well have last seen land in Spain or somewhere you would think it would at least have been tired enough to have its photo taken. This one was past the lighthouse and half way to Gloucestershire before I could get the camera out. Bob

    • sherstonwildlife August 13, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      I was having to leap up and down a steep slope to photograph them – they do move very quickly and don’t settle very often.


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