Staudinger's Marbled White
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Melanargia epimede, Anisimovka, Ussuri,
© J. Michel
There are 24
species in the genus Melanargia, known
commonly as the Marbled Whites. One of the most widespread and
common species is the common Marbled White M.
galathea which is found across most of Europe but is absent
from eastern Asia, except for Japan, where it's presence is
unexplained. Another very widespread species is Esper's Marbled
White M. russiae, which has a range
stretching from Spain to Siberia.
The genus is readily recognised by
virtue of the black-on-white marbled uppersides, and the series of
submarginal ocelli on the underside hindwings. Both sexes are
similar in pattern, but males are a purer white. Females are
slightly creamy in appearance, especially when freshly emerged, and
are patterned in dark brown rather than the neutral black of males.
Melanargia epimede is found from the
Ukraine to eastern Mongolia, China and Korea.
This is a low-mid elevation species found in hay meadows, woodland
glades and sheltered alpine pastures.
The larvae feed nocturnally on the grass
To be completed.