Colias croceus f. 'helice' at Mill Meadow
|It's been a good summer for the Clouded Yellow
butterfly in Drakes Broughton. I first saw one at the
Mill Meadow reserve on 19.8.00. This was the normal
variety, Colias croceus, and, true to form, it
belted round at great speed refusing to land and have its
portrait taken, though I did manage a couple of photos of
the butterfly nectaring at Devil's-bit Scabious.
there were two at Mill Meadow, a normal one and the very
pale form of female which is almost white:
Further normal specimens were present as singles at the meadow on 10.9.00 and in our garden in Drakes Broughton from 10.9.00 to 16.9.00, feeding at Michaelmas Daisy.
I would be interested to know if any other specimens of the pale variety have been recorded this year in Worcestershire?
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