Melanargia galathea

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MARBLED WHITE Melanargia galathea

Whether this species has ever really been a resident of Cheshire is doubtful. There are sparse records from the western half of the vice-county in the first period (not all in the earlier years of that period), none in the second period, and one in the third. Essentially a species of chalk downland, it is not one which would be expected in this vice-county; it is possible that all the sightings were of released captive-bred butterflies. There are no records from Lancashire.

THE THREE PERIODS COMPARED

PERIOD 1 (1940-1994) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

PERIOD 2 (1995-2000) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

PERIOD 3 (2001-2007) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

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