Thursday, 25 June 2015

A Black and White

The Marbled White Butterfly (Melanargia galathea)

July is approaching so look out for the Marbled White. 
Black, well not really as they are classed as a member of the "Brown" Species.

It was a very warm sunny day so I guessed that the Marbled White would be out in force now. I did see one the other day in more windy cooler conditions, so assumed that when it warmed up they should be flying at the location where I normally observe them.

Sure enough and encouragingly they were out in some numbers, finding them was not difficult.
The male is black and white all over, the female has brown markings underneath and on the leading edge of their wings. Marbled White will fly from the end of June, all through July and August to mid way through September. They live in colonies in tall unfertilised grassland.
















30 comments:

  1. Excellent images Roy. One of my favourite butterflies.

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  2. How wonderful to see they look amazing....
    Amanda xx

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  3. Never heard of this species showing up in Nottinghamshire, it's a very fine flutterer, wonderfully photographed

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  4. wat een geweldig mooie tekeningen heeft hij toch.

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  5. I don't think I've ever seen one of these. It's a lovely butterfly.

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    1. Thanks D.
      From a distance in the sunlight they could look like a white species, so you may have seen one and didn't realise it.

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  6. Tried to pick a favorite, but they are all too wonderful.

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  7. Stunning photos of my favourite butterfly species :-)

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  8. Bonsoir Roy
    J'adore tes photos, j'adore ce papillon, mais chez moi il reste au sol dans les herbes.
    Pas facile de l'avoir sur les fleurs.
    Bravo !!!!

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    1. Merci Nathalie. Ils aiment se cachant dans l'herbe. {:))

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  9. Great shots of a flutter I have never seen.

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    1. Thanks John, I'm surprised you don't get them over there where you are.

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  10. You got some stonking captures here! :-)

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  11. Hey Roy.... Black and white never goes out of style. :}. Nice shot's and they are all great, but I do favor the first one.
    Do you know what the pink small flowers are?

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG. The flowers are Marsh Valerian.

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  12. Lovely pictures. I was also wondering what the little pink and white flowers are, the Marsh Valerian does look very pretty, never seen one before.

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    1. Thanks Lyn, those flowers are quite common up here.

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  13. Fabulous photos of this beautiful butterfly!

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  14. Remarkable all of this images...

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