Clouded Yellow butterfly

Sorry about the poor picture but it was really difficult to photo this very fast moving yellow butterfly yesterday [20 Oct 2014], and when it did settle it always kept its wings closed!! Please could you identify for me??
Stephanie Lynn
Clouded Yellow in garden Stephanie Lynn

Clouded Yellow, Westfield, 20 Oct 2014, S Lynn

Thanks Stephanie, yes that’s a Clouded Yellow butterfly, a migrant species that you were very lucky to see as they aren’t often seen in gardens!  Their arrival in this country is always variable – in some years there are many, especially when they have managed to breed here over the summer, and in other years very few. You did well to get any photo at all!
Clouded Yellows are mainly seen in fields with red clover, vetches, common fleabane etc. In 2014 there has been a scattering of single sightings, including one or two in fields near Three Oaks I saw last month. They almost never open their wings when settled, just like the closely related Brimstone butterfly!
You may be interested to know this is the first time a Clouded Yellow butterfly has been reported to Westfield Wildlife after starting up 3 years ago, so thank you very much for your colourful photo – we hope you don’t mind it being cropped!
Ralph — Dave
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