Small tortoiseshell butterfly

missmoneypenny

Monmouth, United Kingdom

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Regarded as one of our most common butterflies the bright orange wings with black spots (wingspan 45-62mm) of the Small Tortoiseshell makes it easily identifiable. The Small Tortoiseshell is a strong flyer and easily colonises suitable habitat. It also hibernates during the winter and is usually one of the first butterflies to be seen in the spring. Its larvae feed on Common Stinging Nettle usually in large numbers with young larvae living close together sheltered within a protective silken web. As the larvae reach the final stages of development, they become more independent.

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