Melanargia occitanica

Western Marbled White

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by Matt Rowlings

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Var, France, May 2012

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Var, France, May 2012

Field notes and information

A distinctive species with brown markings on the underside hindwing and pale blue spots. The population on Sicily, pherusa, is now often raised to species rank. It may also be an evolutionary intermediate between the western and the Italian marbled whites, M. occitanica & M. arge.

Identification & Similar species: The brown lines on the underside hindwing are distinctive.

Distribution & Flight: Much of the Iberian peninsular, Mediterranean France and northwest Africa. An outflung population pherusa from Sicily is now more frequently considered a new species.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot dry stony places with flowers. Often in scrub or light woodland.

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Pyrénées Orientales, France, May 2006

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Bouches du Rhône, France, May 2006

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Catalonia, Spain, May 2007

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Var, France, May 2012

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, May 2005

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Pyrénées Orientales, France, May 2006

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Provence, France, May 2002

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Les Alpilles, S France, April 2004

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Provence, France, May 2002

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

At the very high altitude of 2200m the butterfly can still be found as late as mid July, albeit in very poor condition!