Butterfly – Small Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae

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Butterfly – Small Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae

The full taxonomy of Aglais urticae is:-

  • Class – Insecta
  • Order – Lepidoptera
  • Family – Nymphalidae
  • Genus – Aglais
  • Species – urticae

The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is very common in the UK and hibernates in trees & buildings.  It often visits stinging nettles.

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