Melanargia lachesis

Iberian Marbled White

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by Matt Rowlings

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Prov. Malaga, Spain, July 2013

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Prov. Malaga, Spain, July 2013

Field notes and information

This species replaces the marbled white M. galathea in the Iberian peninsular. Ranges overlap in north Spain and south France.

Identification & Similar species: The forewing cell lacks a black cross bar which separates it from all other similar species except the marbled white, M. galathea . In that species the basal end of the cell is shaded black and the hindwing cell is surrounded in broad black markings lacking in the current species.

Distribution & Flight: Iberian peninsular, southern France as far as the Rhône valley. Single brooded in May, June and July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry grassy places with abundant flowers.

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

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Soria, Spain, July 2011

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Asturias Mts, Spain, July 2011

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Prov. Malaga, Spain, July 2013

The threadwing antlion Nemoptera bipennis.

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Burgos, Spain, July 2011

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Asturias Mts, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

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Montes Universales, Spain, August 2003

A hidden mantis has taken this butterfly from a flower head.