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.
The Small Tortoiseshell has a distinctive pattern on an orange background and a row of blue spots along the edges of the wings.
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.
Eggs are laid in large clusters on the underside of Nettle leaves.