Thursday, 5 July 2007

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

Adult Marbled White (subspecies M. g. galathea) at Geddington, Northants - June 2011

OTHER NAMES: Our Half-Mourner, Marmoris, Marmoress

Featured Subspecies: Melanargia galathea galathea
Length: ?
Wingspan: 55mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Despite the name and appearance, the Marbled White is infact a member of the "Browns" family of butterflies. It is quite a striking species with an attractive pattern both above the wings and below. Although widely distributed, it isn't necessarily that common a butterfly to actually see.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera 

Family: Nymphalidae 
Genus: Melanargia 
SUBSPECIES: M. g. galathea, M. g. donsa, M. g. lucasi, M. g. satnia, M. g. tenebrosa

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A local resident.
 - Seen in Geddington

Further Notes: 
RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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