Balkan Marbled White (Melanargia larissa)

Male. Taken at the Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, on June 26th 2014.
(1/800th sec at f11. Approx 2.25x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Male underside. Taken at Veliki Crnopac, Croatia, on June 7th 2017.
(1/6400th sec at f14. Approx 2.25x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 40-47mm

The basal areas of the Balkan Marbled White's wings are suffused with dark grey, and there is a narrow black stripe positioned away from the wing base. The sexes are similar. It is rather variable in size.

It is found in south-east Europe, extending into Turkey.

Its habitats are dry and rocky grasslands and slopes, open scrub, bushy clearings in sparse woodland, and rough rocky hillsides up to 2200m, usually on calcareous soil.

There is one generation between early May and mid-August, depending on altitude.

Larvae feed on meadow grasses (Poa and probably others).

This butterfly can be very common at suitable sites.


09-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
09-Jun-2017 : Starigrad, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Veliki Crnopac, Croatia
21-Jul-2015 : nr Petrovo, Bulgaria