Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Demi-deuil

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) French name: Demi-deuil

With the sun still blazing here in France the butterflies continue to dance around en masse, enjoying the warmth, the flowers and the nectar they offer.

None was more abundant at the weekend than the Marbled White, happily flitting and feeding from the purple flowers of knapweed to those of the thistle that it adores.

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Demi-deuil

The Marbled White is common throughout France and with its striking black and white patterning on both the upper and underside of its wings, it’s unmistakable.

It can be found on flowery meadows up to about 2000m and colonies are particularly abundant on chalk or limestone grassland.

The Marbled White flies from late June, through July and into early August, so now is the best time to see this striking beauty.

If you have seen these butterflies in your area, please do let me know by leaving a message in the comment box below.

A bientôt
Katherine x

'Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) French name: Demi-deuil' have 2 comments

  1. July 17, 2015 @ 2:20 am Jane

    Katherine, you have been such a busy girl! Congratulations, I really love your shop, such beautiful things. And this Marbled White is a beauty.


    • July 17, 2015 @ 5:45 am Katherine

      Thank you Jane, so glad you like the gifts. Beautiful butterflies everywhere at the moment! Xxx


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