The distinctive marbled white (Melanargia galathea) is common and widespread in southern England. At this time of year it chooses unimproved meadow grassland, showing a preference for purple flowers such as wild marjoram, thistles, knapweeds and red clover. The caterpillars feed on grasses particularly red fescue.
All images taken in the reserve
 Mating marbled whites by Ian Bushell)  Marbled white male by Ian Bushell Marbled white feeding on red clover by Cheryl Cronnie
Header Image by Cheryl Cronnie
Butterfly Conservation priority: Low
European status: Not threatened