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East Midlands Branch Butterfly Conservation

Marbled White Melanargia galathea


The Marbled White is widespread in southern England and has been extending its range northwards and eastwards in recent years. It is found in areas of unimproved flowery grassland, as well as disused railway lines, roadside verges and waste ground.


The Marbled White is unmistakeable due to its distinctive black and white markings

Flight times

There is a single generation, flying between mid-June to mid-August.

Food plants

Eggs are dropped on the ground amongst vegetation where Sheep's Fescue, Red Fescue and Tor-grass grow.

Marbled White - © Simon Jenkins  picture of Marbled White butterfly

Distribution Maps for the East Midlands Region

Marbled White distribution map 2010
2010 Summary
No of tetrads 9
First sighting 24/06/2010
Last sighting 25/07/2010
Marbled White distribution map 2011
2011 Summary
No of tetrads 6
First sighting 19/06/2011
Last sighting 15/07/2011
Marbled White distribution map 2012
2012 Summary
No of tetrads 7
First sighting 29/06/2012
Last sighting 08/08/2012
Marbled White distribution map 2013
2013 Summary
No of tetrads 20
First sighting 05/07/2013
Last sighting 12/08/2013
Marbled White distribution map 2014
2014 Summary
No of tetrads 37
First sighting 31/05/2014
Last sighting 03/08/2014
Marbled White distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 41
First sighting 20/06/2015
Last sighting 31/08/2015
Marbled White distribution map 2005-09

Combined records for the five year period 2005-09

Marbled White distribution map 2010-14

Combined records for the five year period 2010-14

Marbled White distribution map comparison of 2005-09 & 2010-14

Comparison of years 2005-09 & 2010-14

It is now becoming more widespread across all three counties.


Photo Gallery

Marbled White

Marbled White © Richard Jeffery

Marbled White

Marbled White © Simon Jenkins

Marbled White

Marbled White © Simon Jenkins

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Marbled White © Christine Maughan

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