Saturday, 24 August 2013

Female Clouded Yellow Butterfly

With regard to my recent find of the Clouded Yellow Butterfly
See

Yesterday I had a further look at the area where I found the male featured in the link above.
To my surprise I found another and it turned out to be a female.
She has similar, but paler markings and the upper wings are somewhat different than the male.









In this last and vary blurred shot it shows sufficient difference in the upper wing markings of the female.



25 comments:

  1. Wat prachtig is deze vlinder je hebt zodoende al heel veel verschillende kunnen fotograferen,geweldig.Roy

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    1. Het is niet zo helder als de mannelijke Nic.

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  2. Well found and photographed Roy. (again!!)

    I'm still searching!... and I'm not a bit despondent, no!..really...I'm not!!...[;o{

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes I can sense that you are not disappointed, well not much anyway, maybe a little, I think.{:))

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  3. and matches the flower-head too; lovely butterfly Roy

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  4. Look at those green bulging eyes and almost a smiley face! A happy butterfly perhaps?

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    1. Maybe Helena. She was flying around feeding and also probably laying eggs.

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  5. Such a pretty one Roy, great shots!

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  6. Hey Roy... She is just as attractive as the male, of which your photo's show!!
    I like there pink antennas and green eyes, lucky for you again she was sitting still!!
    Grace

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  7. nice find Roy.

    Re you last post I saw quite a few Painted Ladies in Norfolk

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    1. Thanks Pete. That probably explains why some have drifted over here.

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  8. Wonderful photos of the female. I saw my first Clouded Yellow Butterflies on Friday, so I'm delighted. They are a beautiful butterfly.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, yes I was very pleased to see these this year.

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  9. What a lovely lovely blog again this Clouded Yellow Roy. Beautiful colors, sharpness and composition. Clear drawing too. your last photo I find really special with the flying vliner :-)

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    1. Are you or have you forgotten me my reaction overlooked in this blog :-)

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    2. Sorry Helma, you slipped through the net there.{:))
      Thanks.

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  10. Some lovely photos of the Clouded Yellow, I've never seen one of those. It's been a good year for butterflies, my garden has been full of peacocks and in Suffolk I was seeing literally clouds of gatekeepers, meadow browns and ringlets - not something I ever expected to see in this country these days.

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    1. Thanks D,. It is certainly a great improvement from last year.

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  11. This isn't just a female Roy this is a female of the form helice! Quite a scarce form! Nice find!

    Will Bowell

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    1. Wow! Thanks Will, I am very pleased that you keep me on the straight and narrow.
      I must admit I did consult my (J.A.Thomas) Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland Page 32. and noted something about a blacker border on the upper wings, but I was unsure if this meant both the females or how much the difference was.
      So I played safe.Thanks once again for your advice.

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