Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Marvellous Marbled

The Marbled White Butterfly (Melanargia galathea)

I was pleasantly surprised to find Marbled White on the wing yesterday, which is about the earliest I have found it in this part of the country (from my records anyway).

I was also fortunate to get some shots of the few that I observed, as generally at this early period in their flight time they tend to be very 'skittish', never remaining pitched for any sensible time for photography.  
This suggests to me that I must have caught them on the first day of emerging.










24 comments:

  1. Great find Roy and a cracking set of images. I've not seen any around this area yet!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor. I think I was lucky for a change.{:))

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    1. Thanks Gunilla, they are a little different from most of our spices.

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  3. Very nice Roy! Hoping to get my first ones fairly soon. Still find it hard to believe that the Marbled White is a 'Brown' butterfly!
    J
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    1. Thanks John, they are at H and H.
      Yes brown butterfly, its a bit of a joke really.

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  4. A very nice find Roy. From memory my earliest sighting last year was the 1st week of June. Is everything going to be early this year?

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    1. Thanks Frank, maybe it will, which means a lot of guess work as to when things are coming out.

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  5. lovely capture. only ever seen one!!

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  6. Beautiful captures of this butterfly Roy :-) I have yet to see one this year.

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  7. Hey Roy... Striking looking butterfly, and very nice photo's of a cooperating subject!!

    Grace

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  8. Roy. Just thought I'd let you know that I saw 20+ up on the North Downs this morning.

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  9. Stunning photos of a beautiful Butterfly..
    Amanda x

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  10. A great series of photos! It's interesting how the simple colours can add up to something so beautiful when arranged in such a lovely pattern.

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  11. We do not have this beautiful butterfly in nature.
    Great to see :-)

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