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Clouded Yellow: the green-eyed monster

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Clouded Yellow: the green-eyed monster

Although we get an influx of immigrant clouded yellows (Colias crocea) in most years it always gives me bit of a thrill to see one. I suppose, when you first glimpse one, you know you have seen something slightly out of the ordinary. Some years they can be seen in good numbers; other years you barely see one! Occassionally we get an absolute invasion of them. They originate from northern Africa and southern Europe.

Being on the south coast Dorset is the first landfall for some of the incoming insects and you can see clouded yellows here at almost any time from late summer right through until November if the weather remains warm. In some years they arrive earlier and those adults lay eggs which hatch out to give even greater numbers when the autumn arrivals hit land. Sadly, any eggs laid by the autumn team are doomed to die when the temperatures drop later in the winter. 

Seeing one close up under the camera lens one can't help but be struck by its large green eyes and its brown toupee!

 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 3 years 2 weeks ago

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