Yel­low but­ter­flies make most of sea­son

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

CLOUDED YEL­LOWS Ev­ery but­ter­fly sea­son is dif­fer­ent and is dic­tated mainly by the weather. So this sum­mer, apart from the large num­bers of small tor­toise­shells, an­other but­ter­fly which has been seen in small num­bers right across the South East has been the clouded yel­low. Clouded yel­low but­ter­flies are about the size of a ‘cab­bage white’ but are a deep or­angey yel­low with two neat white spots on the un­der­wing. When they land they always close their wings. In flight you might be able to see the black bor­der of the up­per­wing as well as they fly quite strongly past you. Some­times a fe­male form of the clouded yel­low is a pale yel­low coloura­tion, but th­ese are un­com­mon. Clouded yel­lows lay their eggs on clovers and legumes and can

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