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Melanargia galathea

Marbled White

Field Notes

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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.