seen in my garden: once in September 2000
Whitesheet Hill, Wiltshire. August 12.
Fontmell Down, Dorset. August 10.
Sherborne Water Meadows, Gloucestershire. September 3 2000.
The Clouded Yellow butterfly is a migrant species. If the winds are favourable, then we may get more of these butterflies than usual in a particular year. 2000 was a good year for the migrants from Europe. I saw a number of these butterflies whilst at Sherbourne Water Meadows. On September 10, one visited a Hebe and French Marigold in my garden.
Size: 57-62mm (larger than Small White - see list of butterflies by size)
First Generation flight period: May-June
Second Generation flight period: July-September
Migrant species - although there are reports of the Clouded Yellow over-wintering along the south coast
Larval Food Plants: Clover, Lucerne, Trefoil & leguminous plants
Family Group: Pieridae - see list of butterflies by family