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East Midlands Branch Butterfly Conservation

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae

Habitat

The Small Tortoiseshell is a common and widespread resident throughout the UK. It is found in almost any habitat and is a common visitor to gardens, feeding on cultivated flowers.

Identification

The Small Tortoiseshell has a distinctive pattern on an orange background and a row of blue spots along the edges of the wings.

Flight times

The Small Tortoiseshell hibernates as an adult and usually emerges in March, although it can be seen in almost any month. There are two generations, flying between late June and early October.

Food plants

Eggs are laid in large clusters on the underside of Nettle leaves.

Small Tortoiseshell - © Simon Jenkins  picture of Small Tortoiseshell butterfly

Distribution Maps for the East Midlands Region

Small Tortoiseshell distribution map 2010
2010 Summary
No of tetrads 450
First sighting 01/03/201
Last sighting 05/11/2010
Small Tortoiseshell distribution map 2011
2011 Summary
No of tetrads 523
First sighting 20/01/2011
Last sighting 27/12/2011
Small Tortoiseshell distribution map 2012
2012 Summary
No of tetrads 361
First sighting 10/01/2012
Last sighting 08/12/2012
Small Tortoiseshell distribution map 2013
2013 Summary
No of tetrads 696
First sighting 14/02/2013
Last sighting 22/12/2013
Small Tortoiseshell distribution map 2014
2014 Summary
No of tetrads 882
First sighting 11/01/2014
Last sighting 18/12/2014
Small Tortoiseshell distribution map 2005-09

Combined records for the five year period 2005-09

Small Tortoiseshell distribution map 2010-14

Combined records for the five year period 2010-14

Comparison of years 2005-09 & 2010-14

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Photo Gallery

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Small Tortoiseshell © Christine Maughan

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Small Tortoiseshell © Simon Jenkins

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Small Tortoiseshell © Simon Jenkins

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Small Tortoiseshell © Simon Jenkins

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Small Tortoiseshell © Simon Jenkins

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