Butterfly season will soon be over for this year, but I'm still seeing a few species here and there when the sun is shining, Red Admiral, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Heath to name a few.
I finally caught up with a fine looking Clouded Yellow which I have been looking for these last few weeks, this one was nectaring on the yellow flowers alongside the track at Rainham.
Funny enough, I saw one in the exact same spot a few weeks ago, I couldn't focus on that one quick enough, it was soon off at a rate of knots impossible to follow.
One other was seen at Oare Marshes last month, that was a very pale coloured individual, also too fast to get a photograph.
So I was quite pleased to get these photographs, a shame there all closed wing shots, but these never seem to open their wings when I see them.
|Clouded Yellow Colias croceus,|
Most of my sightings over the years have been of the odd single butterfly usally near coastal sites, how I would like to see one of those " Clouded Yellow Years" when, with the right conditions many hundreds turn up along the coast. I have seen reports of this happening back in 2006, 2013, could be happening again soon. all that's needed, are large broods to coincide with a warm summer, and the winds to be blowing from southern Europe and North Africa. Not too much to ask for.