Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Melanargia galathea, Demi-deuil, Marbled white

There are 24 species in the genus Melanargia, known commonly as the Marbled Whites. The genus is readily recognised by the black-on-white marbled uppersides and the series of submarginal ocelli on the underside hindwings. Both sexes are similar in pattern but males are a purer white. Females are slightly creamy in appearance especially when freshly emerged, and are marked in dark brown rather than the neutral black of males.

Melanargia galathea, Demi-deuil, Marbled white

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