Butterflies - Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)
The Marbled White is one of our most distinctive butterflies and is unique in terms of its colouration and wing pattern. It is an attractive black and white butterfly which is unlikely to be mistaken for any other species. Its is commonly encountered in grassy meadows and will often feed on purple flowers such as Knapweed, Thisles, Scabious and Marjoram.
Adult butterflies may be found roosting halfway down tall grass stems although they are well camouflaged.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
The full range of larval food plants is not known as the larvae of the Marbled White feed on a wide variety of grasses. This is primarily because the adult female butterflies do not lay their eggs directly onto the larval food plant. Instead they drop the small white, circular eggs as they flutter through tall grass.
Red Fescue (Festuca rubra)
Sheep's-fescue (Festuca ovina)
Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus)
Tor-grass (Brachypodium pinnatum)
The Marbled White occurs as discrete colonies on unimproved grassland where a wide range of grass species, especially Red Fescue occurs, forming a tall sward that is rarely cut or grazed.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Ufton Fields (WWT Reserve)
Ashlawn Cutting (WWT Reserve)
Grove Hill (WWT Reserve)
Harbury Spoilbank (WWT Reserve)
Snitterfield Bushes (WWT Reserve)
Stockton Cutting (WWT Reserve)
Henley Sidings (WWT Reserve)
Knowle Hill (WWT Reserve)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Marbled White is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Marbled White butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.