Marbled White

Name: Marbled White

Scientific name: Melanargia galathea

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A medium sized butterfly, white with black patches and markings. Wingspan measures about 5.5 cm. Adults are on the wing in the summer, June to August. A butterfly of warm, species rich grasslands where the adults particularly like to feed on purple flowers such as common knapweed. Caterpillars feed on a variety of grasses.

How to identify: Unmistakeable.

Where: Found on grasslands across southern England and south Wales.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 60
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 50

Fantastic fact: The Marbled White is on the increase, perhaps as a result of climate change.

Photograph credit: Keith Warmington/

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