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FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/110 F13, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Integral flash. 06/07/2003.

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FujiFilm S1 Pro. 1/110 F56, Sigma 105mm Macro lens. 26/06/2005.

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Marbled White Butterfly (Melanargia Galathea)

Location: Farley Mount, Hampshire, UK.

I have so many pictures of this Butterfly both transparencies and now digital. It is a lovely butterfly to observe in the wild and is common where I go filming on chalk hill downs of Farley Mount and St. Catharine Hill near Winchester, Hampshire.
Being a sluggish butterfly I have found the Marbled white an ideal subject for testing different films, flash equipment and lense. I remember as a schoolboy collecting some Marbled White butterflies and placing them in a cage for my moths and was surprised to see the butterflies not only mating but later the females were scattering their eggs onto the bottom of the cage. The eggs are not sticky like most other species and the butterfly scatters them in the ground as the caterpillars feed on grasses.

The larvae hibernate through the winter and feed the following year and on sunny days they will even feed in January.
Butterflies are on the wing from mid-June to mid-July.