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Marbled Whites – a new colony

Today I was surprised to find 8 Marbled White butterflies, including a pair 'almost' mating and 3 buzzing round each other (perhaps 2 males chasing a female), on the overgrown bank of the Rother immediately opposite Houghton Green Lane at Playden, grid. ref. TQ 930224. This is some 5 km inland and 3 km north of what I believe is the nearest colony at Castle Water/Northpoint. There are already Marbled Whites well away from coastal shingle/sand along the canal at Appledore, so having long since spread from its traditional downland habitats, the species now seems to be adapting to the general countryside.

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