Marbled White: a brown but not brown

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Marbled White: a brown but not brown

What a brilliant butterfly this is; one of my favourites! Unmistakable as a marbled white (Melanargia galathea), even from a distance. Interestingly it is not a white, it is a brown despite having no brown on it. It actually belongs to the family Satyridae to which most of our brown butterflies also belong hence the colloquial term browns.

The marbled white is a butterfly of the grass downlands, especially on chalk or limestone, so it is quite common here in Dorset and where it does occur it is usually in big numbers. It does also crop up in other places where there is long grass as its food plant is sheeps fescue, although it has been raised on many other species of grass in captivity.

Single brooded you will find it flying in late July until the middle of August.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 3 years 6 months ago

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