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Marbled White

Melanargia galathea

Description:

This Eurasian butterfly in the family Nymphalidae is distinguished by its black and white markings. This one was found at the edge of a hay meadow where a band had been left intact in order to try and favor biodiversity.

Habitat:

Edge of meadow, alt. 700m ASL

Notes:

While there are several species in the genus Melanargia in Europe, M. galathea is the only species found in Switzerland. These butterflies are found in open flowery meadows, often feeding from purple knapweeds as seen here.

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16 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks for your kind words Isabela!

Isabela
Isabela 4 years ago

What a beautiful collection, Daniele!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks for all your kind comments Dr. Sherpa :-)

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

So pretty, Daniele.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks Maria! It's nice to see this type of agricultural practice taking place. This is a direct consequence of a recent change in government agricultural policy. The same meadow also has trees with bird nesting boxes :-)

Maria dB
Maria dB 4 years ago

Lovely spotting, Daniele. And the notes are of interest, too, showing that leaving some area intact, even around hay meadows, can help preserve some biodiversity.

Beautiful capture Danièle,congrats and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks Adi :-)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 4 years ago

Ah..really beautiful :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thank you Charlie!

CharliePrice
CharliePrice 4 years ago

Gorgeous butterfly and impressive shots !

Dixie
Dixie 4 years ago

That's what I like about it too. Very pretty.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks Dixie! The light was perfect on that day. I love this butterfly's simple black and white design.

Dixie
Dixie 4 years ago

Really nice shots. Very nice siting.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thank you Noel :-)

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 4 years ago

Wow! What a beautiful butterfly, Daniele!

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Vaud, Switzerland

Lat: 46.48, Long: 6.82

Spotted on Jun 22, 2014
Submitted on Oct 29, 2014

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