Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Clouded Yellows

I was down by Dog's/Gorteen Bay near Roundstone today and was delighted to come across around five Clouded Yellow butterflies. I can't actually remember definitely seeing any before. They spent most of their time buzzing up and down this area of machair and fixed dunes. Looks like it might be a "Clouded Yellow Year" this year with some already been reported along the South coast this year. They are migrants to these shores coming from as far as North Africa. Stunning looking things.

A few Autumn Lady's Tresses have also started to appear on the machair.
I've been looking unsuccessfully for Irish Lady's Tresses at a few spots on Lough Corrib, Mask and Cullin over the last year three years but have never seen any. Maybe next year?

Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow

Male Clouded Yellow

Common Blue

Autumn Lady's Tresses

Sea Holly


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