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Melanargia galathea

Marbled White

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2010

 

Alpes de Haute Provence, France, July 2009
The underside hindwings of the form leucomelas have no black markings.

 

Geneva, Switzerland, June 2009

 

Isère, France, May 2007

 

Geneva, Switzerland, June 2007

 

Valais, Switzerland, June 2008

 

NW Greece, July 2008
incl. form leucomelas with white underside hindwing

 

Macedonia, Greece, July 2004

 

Vaud, Switzerland, June 2006

 

Vaud, Switzerland, June 2006

 

Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

 

Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

 

Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

 

Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

 

Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2005

 

Valais, Switzerland, July 2004

The butterfly is standing oddly because the white blob behind its abdomen is a crab spider that has a lethal grip. One of the spider's legs is visible on the flower head.

 

Isere, France, August 2004

 

Valais, Switzerland, June 2003

 

Hampshire, UK, June 2000

 

Valais, Switzerland, June 2003

 

Piedmont, Italy, June 2003

form leucomelas lacks underside black markings

 


This is found across Europe from southern England to north Africa and eastwards to Italy, Greece and Poland. In Spain it is only found in the vicinity of the Pyrenees and the Basque country where there is an overlap with M. lachesis. Elsewhere in Spain it is replaced entirely by the similar Iberian Marbled White, M. lachesis. The undersides of the males have black markings, those of the female are an attractive brown. They are butterflies of open flowery meadow where they love to take nectar from purple Knapweeds.

 

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