Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Spotted by Volunteer Stephanie. First logged 02/07/20.
Earliest Submitted record by Volunteer Annabel (Before 2020 project began)

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Aglais urticae, common name Small Tortoiseshell

Status Widespread throughout Britain and Ireland, commonly found in gardens.

Size and Family

  • Family: Nymphalids
  • Size: Medium/Large
  • Wing Span Range (male to female): 50-56mm

Conservation Status                   

  • Butterfly Conservation priority: low (but concern over recent decades)
  • European status: Not threatened

Caterpillar Foodplants

Common Nettle (Urtica dioica) and Small Nettle (U. urens) are used.

More Information on Butterfly-Conservation here.

Ten Acres Habitation

Across the meadow edge of the cartland road grass verge across the width of the whole site of Ten Acres, Stirchley.


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