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Melanargia galathea Mating pair of Marbled White butterflies on a hemp agrimony in bloom in a meadow. Pyr&eacute;n&eacute;es Orientales, France.<br />
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Mating pair of Marbled White butterflies on a hemp agrimony in bloom in a meadow. Pyrénées Orientales, France.

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The Marbled White is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Found across most of Europe , north Africa, and as far east as Iran, the late twentieth century has seen an expansion of its range in the UK.
Despite its common name, this butterfly is one of the "browns", of the subfamily Satyrinae. They are a common sight in unimproved grasslands across southern Britain, particularly on the South Downs.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Anne Sorbes
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Uploaded Feb 15, 2017. Captured Aug 6, 2016 00:00 in N116, 66210 Fontpédrouse, France.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/14.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm