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.