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About This Print

Captured at Titchwell Marsh, Nr Norfolk England UK.

The Small Tortoiseshell was not long ago regarded as one of Britain's most familiar and common butterflies, but in recent years has shown signs of decline. It has, however, has always been subject to dramatic fluctuations in abundance from year to year. In some years the butterfly can be extremely scarce, but in others it can be a very common and abundant species. These cycles of abundance are believed to be linked to spring and early summer temperatures, which affect both the butterfly, and its larval parasitoids. Recent evidence also suggests that common wasps are major predators of the larvae, and it is likely that in years when wasps are abundant, Small Tortoiseshell numbers are greatly depleted.

The butterfly gets its vernacular name from the pattern on the underside of the wings, which is said to resemble that of a tortoise shell. The scientific name, urticae, refers to the stinging nettles on which the caterpillar feeds.

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