Espers or not Espers, that is the question!!!

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rezamink
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Espers or not Espers, that is the question!!!

Postby rezamink » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:22 pm

Again from Sorrento:

I thought this was Espers as the Black band is unbroken?
EspersMarbledWhite170730.LL.IT.JPG


Unlike my UK Marbled White:
MarbledWhite170623a.MW.UK.JPG


But i've now been told that as it's just a single cell... it's a subspecies of M galathea?

What does anyone think?

Cheers!

Damian

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Re: Espers or not Espers, that is the question!!!

Postby petesmith » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:32 pm

Yep - definitely galathea - Espers is a very different beast! Across Europe galathea is very variable in pattern and intensity of markings, with many local forms.
pete smith

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Re: Espers or not Espers, that is the question!!!

Postby rezamink » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:43 am

Thanks Pete!

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Re: Espers or not Espers, that is the question!!!

Postby Medard » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:01 am

http://jamesgibbs6929.zenfolio.com
Esper's Marbled White (Melanargia russiae) fly's in company with galathea and is easily recognizable in the field,as it is much whiter and larger than Melanargia galathea.
More photos here http://jamesgibbs6929.zenfolio.com/p464286111#h507e825b

A video can be seen on this link.http://jamesgibbs6929.zenfolio.com/p577876181#h9117e59a
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