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Marbled White

Melanargia galathea
27 June 1979 Male, 17 July 1977


The Marbled White is a grassland species, which may be found in quite large numbers on flower-rich unimproved grassland fields, roadside verges, and wide woodland tracks. The preferred laval foodplant is Red Fescue grass, Festuca rubra.

Conservation Issues

Marbled Whites are common throughout much of the area. Individual colonies may be at risk from destruction of grasslands converted to arable fields.

Flight Period

Late June to early August.


Throughout the area, and particularly common in the Cotswolds. During the past 25 years the species has become increasingly common to the west of the Cotswolds.