|Small Tortoiseshell, here from a church yard in Himmerland|
Small tortoise shell is one of the first butterflies we see each spring . It is Denmark's National butterfly, and it is wellknown and common all over the country. The frequency changes from year to year dependent on migrations.
|Small tortoiseshell, Underside|
Small tortoiseshell (wing span 46-53 mm) is easy to recognize with its clear colours and the white spot on the front wing. The variation is modest, but the three black spots on the front wing might be small or miss completely in very rare cases. Some rare specimen have white-yellowish colours instead of the usual clear brick red. The flying period is from last June until October in one or two generations and again in March-June after overwintering.Its habitat is everywhere, where nettle grows, especially at buildings - and the larvae's fodder-plant is nettle. (Urtica).
|Small tortoiseshell and a bumble bee|
|Flying tortoiseshell and Buddleia|