Iberian Marbled White
Melanargia lachesis

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Melanargia lachesis

Aragón, July 2017

Melanargia lachesis

Aragón, July 2017

Melanargia lachesis

Aragón, July 2017

Melanargia lachesis

Aragón, July 2017

Melanargia lachesis

Form cataleuca, Aragón, July 2017

Melanargia lachesis

Form cataleuca, Aragón, July 2017

Spain, July 2011



Spain, July 2011

Spain, July 2011

Languedoc, July 2004

When I began butterflying, this species was considered a subspecies of the marbled white and I was rather blasé about it. Since it became a separate species I have not been in the right place at the right time and I was very pleased to get the above pictures in July 2004. In 2011 I saw and photographed a few more on a July trip to northern Spain. The butterfly replaces the marbled white in Iberia and just creeps round the corner into southern France, where this insect was filmed. It is whiter than the marbled white and lacks any dark in the base of the cell on forewing and hindwing.