Marbled White - Melanargia galathea

    Description

    This butterfly is unmistakable, its black and white markings distinguishing it from all other species found in the British Isles.

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    Habitat

    The butterfly is found in unimproved grassland where the grass may grow up to 0.5m tall. The largest colonies are found on downland but even small strips of grassland, such as a road verge, field margins, woodland clearings and disused railway lines can contain smaller colonies

    When to see it

    Adults emerge in the second half of June, reaching a peak in mid-July. There is one generation each year.

    Life History

    This butterfly is found in distinct and often large colonies. The main larval foodplants are grasses.

    UK Status

    Primarily found in the southern half of England and Wales, although its distribution extends as far north as Yorkshire. This butterfly is not found in Scotland or Ireland.

    VC55 Status

    Common at Ketton Quarry and also found at one or two other sites in Rutland and in the Wigston area. Uncommon or rare in rest of our area, although there are signs that it may be beginning to expand its range.

    Reference
    59.012 BF1620

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map