Marbled White Melanargia galathea

Habitat

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.

Identification

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
Marbled White - © Simon Jenkins

Distribution Maps

2005-2009
Marbled White distribution map 2005-09
2010-14
Marbled White distribution map 2010-14
2015-19
Marbled White distribution map 2015-19
2005-2019
Marbled White distribution map 2005-19

Marbled White is now becoming more widespread across all three counties.

2015
Marbled White distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 41
First sighting 20/06/2015
Last sighting 31/08/2015
2016
Marbled White distribution map 2016
2016 Summary
No of tetrads 36
First sighting 20/06/2016
Last sighting 14/08/2016
2017
Marbled White distribution map 2017
2017 Summary
No of tetrads 62
First sighting 13/06/2017
Last sighting 17/08/2017
2018
Marbled White distribution map 2018
2018 Summary
No of tetrads 57
First sighting 06/06/2018
Last sighting 21/08/2018
2019
Marbled White distribution map 2019
2019 Summary
No of tetrads 71
First sighting 19/06/2019
Last sighting 23/08/2019

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