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More Marbled Whites

Following from my previous posting about Marbled Whites at Northpoint and on the Rye Love Lane allotments, there was one in a garden at the top of Valley Park, Rye, on Friday, two on the Rye Harbour allotments and a pair mating at the Martello Tower, and today there were at least 20 scattered all along the Military Canal NE from Appledore where I've never seen them before, evidence of a continuing spread away from coastal shingle, sand and lime into non-specialised habitats inland as foreseen by the new book The Butterflies of Sussex: "colonies are increasingly encountered away from the chalk, in unimproved meadows, woodland rides and clearings, along road verges, disused railway lines and railway embankments, with these linear features probably acting as distribution arteries" - to which one may now add canal and river banks. Luckily they're very obvious, so it's worth looking out for them wherever you are.

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