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FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/145 F19, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Integral flash. 28/09/2003.

Clouded Yellow Butterfly (Crolias Croceus)

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FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/108 F16, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Integral flash. 28/09/2003.

This attractive Butterfly was spotted resting on a sallow tree next to an allotment in Eastleigh, Hampshire. It is mainly an immigrant to the UK and usually I only see this butterfly in the south when it flies past or pitching briefly. I once tried to photograph one on sand dunes at Studland bay, Dorset without any success. This species is often available from Butterfly farms and insect stockists on the web. The caterpillar’s feed on Clovers, Common Bird's-foot-trfoil and Lucerne, and depending on the weather can have up to 3 generations a year.