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The Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Aglais urticae) is of the family Nymphalidae which is in the genus Aglais. It has a widespread distribution in the Palearctic region but is absent from southern Asia. The caterpillars (larvae) feed on Common Nettle (Urtica dioica). Overwintering as an adult, its cryptic under wing pattern helps to avoid detection. It emerges from hibernation in late spring to lay eggs on its larval plant.
Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds
Friday, 12 June 2020
SMALL TORTOISESHELL BUTTERFLY [Caterpillars] (Aglais urticae) Lullymore West Bog, I.P.C.C. Nature Reserve, Lullymore, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Labels: Aglais urticae, butterflies, Butterflies of Co. Kildare, Butterflies of Europe, Butterflies of Ireland, caterpillars, Co. Kildare, Ireland, Lullymore, Lullymore West Bog, Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly