199/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea


Photographing butterflies is always better when they are less active. Choosing a cool summer morning was the best to photograph this Marbled White butterfly as it was still roosting on this Plantain seed head. The temperature had dropped below the dew point overnight causing the small droplets of water to form along the antennas of this individual.

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Worcestershire, July, 2011.

199/365 Marbled White

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071/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea


Todays image, 071, is of another Marbled White. This is the side on view of image 068 (here). Its amazing how different the image is.

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, June, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

068/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea


Todays image, 068, is of another Marbled White but from a slightly different viewpoint…. looking straight down… ­čśë
Click on the image to view it larger to see the detail with the dew drops along the antennaes and legs.

Marbled White butterfly, Melanargia galathea, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, June, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

064/365 Marbled White Melanargia galathea


Image 064 is one of my favourite butterflies. It is of a Marbled White. When they emerge in the summer (June and July time) there can be tens if not hundreds in suitable habitats. I really like photographing these. Another image can be seen in image 023 (here) which shows the underside. Males have these very black and white markings and females are brown and white.

Marbled White butterfly, Melanargia galathea, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, July, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.

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023 is of a male Marbled White roosting on top of a flower head backlit against the setting sun. I can’t wait for these to appear again. I have so much fun photographing these through the summer months.

Marbled White butterfly, Melanargia galathea, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, June, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.