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Marbled White

Marbled White
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/388 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-07 10:36
Viewed: 3182
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

Range expanding.

The Marbled White is a distinctive and attractive black and white butterfly, unlikely to be mistaken for any other species. In July it flies in areas of unimproved grassland and can occur in large numbers on southern downland. It shows a marked preference for purple flowers such as Wild Marjoram, Field Scabious, thistles, and knapweeds. Adults may be found roosting halfway down tall grass stems.

This species is widespread in southern Britain and has expanded northwards and eastwards over the last twenty years, despite some losses within its range.

Conservation status
UK BAP status: not listed
Butterfly Conservation priority: low
European threat status: not threatened

European/world range
Most of Europe (except Scandinavia) and North Africa and eastwards to Iran. It is stable in most European countries.

Red Fescue (Festuca rubra) is thought to be essential in the diet of larvae but Sheep's-fescue (F. ovina), Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus), and Tor-grass (Brachypodium pinnatum) are also eaten. It is thought that several other grasses may be used, but the full range is not known.

Colonies occur on unimproved grassland where a range of grass species, including Red Fescue, form a tall sward that is cut or grazed infrequently. The strongest populations are found on chalk or limestone, but a range of habitats is used, including woodland rides and clearings, coastal grassland, waste ground, set-aside, road verges, and railway embankments.

Have a great weekend.


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Hi Heinz great photo of this butterfly.
Very well done!
greetings Jan-arie

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-07 13:08]


An excellent post of this butterfly,good POV and DOF and a nice green BG,well done,


Hallo Heinz,
wunderhübsch, diese tolle Zeichnung und der softe Hintergrund, einfach super!
Ich habe dieses Jahr noch kaum Schmetterlinge gesehen, außerdem haben wir ständig so 'nen fiesen Wind, kaum eine Chance für gute Bilder.
Danke und Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-07-07 16:09]

Hallo Heinz,
ein schönes Bild von diesem frischen Schachbrett. Da fehlt noch keine Schuppe! Gut getroffen und gute Schärfe über die gesamte Flügelfläche bei leicht geschlossenen Flügeln.
Ein schönes Wochenende und weitere Qualitätsfotos wünscht

Hello Heinz,
Nice shot! I like the level of exposure, color, and OOF BG..
Well composed with nice details, especially the head.
Well done and have a nice weekend!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-07-07 22:32]

Hi Heinz,
Fantastic capture of this beautiful butterfly, excellent details, great blured background, well composed with nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-08 1:01]

Heinz, this is lovely. I love the colours and patterns of the wings. And the furry body stands out well. Is there fur on the wings as well? Well composed, a great shot, thank you,

Hi Heinz

Well done on a very nice shot. Good colour and exposure. Nicely composed. All the techo stuff is spot on. :-)

Good morning Heinz,
A late one again, very quick visit.
Another good quality post from you, worthy of a nice big :).
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Hi Heinz,
Interesting capture.
Very nice details, sharp and colors.
Well done.
TFS Malgosia

Lovely perspective, superb depth of focus and delightful colours.
The green BG makes a perfect backdrop for the subject.
Thanks for sharing this great image.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-09 7:36]

Very beautiful and natural colours Heinz!
Excellent photo of this Satyridae!
Excellent BG and POV!
Very good DOF and details!
5* and TFS!

Bonjour Heinz
C'est une excellent Prise de vue ! La composition très jolie avec de belles couleurs, J'ai hate d'être capable d'en réussir des jolis macros comme ceux-ci . Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et merci ....JP

great shot, the body stands out really well. it is one of he b'flies I have yet to see in the UK and would love to. you have caught it well here.


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