TQ1450 : Marbled White butterfly, Denbies hillside

taken 4 years ago, near to Westcott, Surrey, Great Britain

Marbled White butterfly, Denbies hillside
Marbled White butterfly, Denbies hillside
Although this species - Melanargia galathea - is by no means rare, it is not often seen away from its traditional colonies. This colony on the scarp at Ranmore I have known since the 1980s. It has its good years and its lean years, but seemed to be doing pretty well in early July 2017.

From my own experience I can say that the Marbled White is to be met with at various downland sites across southern England - in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, and on the Berkshire Downs. The one colony I know of away from the chalk downs is in coastal grassland near Lower Hope Point, on the Kent side of the Thames Estuary. Finding the species there came as quite a surprise, and it still seems an interesting 'outlier'.
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Wednesday, 5 July, 2017   (more nearby)
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Friday, 7 July, 2017
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Lowlands  Grassland  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1416 5025 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:14.4010N 0:21.9609W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1416 5025
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