Western Marbled White (Melanargia occitanica)
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A very attractive butterfly that is principally found in Spain but its distribution extends eastwards across southern France but no further. The unh veins are beautifully highlighted in a rather pale chocolate colour and the unh ocelli have rather bluish centres, to a greater or lesser degree. It is single brooded and is on the wing in May to mid-June.
|Until 2011, I had only found it in the western and central part of Var where is has been locally common, although I find it very nervous and difficult to approach and photograph, often settling low and in undergrowth. However, in 2015 I saw it in two location further east in Var than it had been seen before, so maybe its range is spreading.|
a male, based on body shape and heavier markings.
a female, based on body shape and the lightness of the markings, very light even by the standards of female occitanica. The light and delicate markings make this species look more a white than a Satyridae species in flight.
a male, as indicated by the paleness of the brown colouring of the veins.
|25022||M||a male, typically settling low into the undergrowth late in the afternoon.||340|
a female, somewhat darker brown around the veins.
a female underside, showing the delicate pale chocolate brown markings and subtle blue centres in the ocelli. It has a frustrating habit of settling only on the ground and in light undergrowth, making it very difficult to get a good photograph.