Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

Cheshire local information

When to see: March-October

Where to see: A wide range of habitats, including suitable gardens

Behaviour: Perch

Wingspan: 45-62mm

Caterpillar food plant: Common nettle (Urtica dioica)

Cheshire status: An abundant and widespread resident with immigration noted in some years. There is no evidence of any long-term change of status, although numbers of this nomadic insect fluctuate from one year to another depending on weather conditions. It is normally double-brooded and also flies in early spring after hibernation.

Small Tortoiseshell