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Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

Taxonomy
Kingdom:Phylum:Class:Order:Family:Genus:Species:
AnimaliaArthropodaInsectaLepidopteraNymphalidaeAglaisA.urticae


Among the most common of butterflies we find the Small Tortoiseshell. This species is sometimes bred by city councils. Once they come out of their cocoon, the butterflies are placed in city parks to make these places appear more lively and natural. The years 2000, 2004 and 2005 were not very good years for Small Tortoiseshells in our garden: only a very few showed up. But it is not unusual for this species to have good and bad years.




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