Monday, January 26, 2015

Melanargia Galathea, Demi-Deuil, Marbled White

A freshly emerged Marbled White is among the most beautiful butterflies. Its distinctive chequered black and white pattern is very different to that of other Satyrines, most of which are patterned in shades of brown and orange. The pattern of the Marbled White is easily remembered by insectivorous birds, and is probably a form of aposematic coloration, functioning to advertise the toxic nature of the butterfly.
Melanargia Galathea, Demi-Deuil, Marbled White

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