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Marbled WhiteMelanargia 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.
Marbled Whites are common throughout much of the area. Individual
colonies may be at risk from destruction of grasslands converted to
Flight PeriodLate June to early August.
DistributionThroughout 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.