Limestone regions, rocky coastal areas.
Burren, Eastern and Southern coasts.
56-61mm (2.20 inches)
[Small Tortoiseshell 50mm]
This butterfly is a master of camouflage. When at rest, it keeps its wings closed with the forewing tucked in.
Furthermore, it positions itself to cast a minimum shadow. If disturbed, it probably will not travel far but is still difficult to track as it will be virtually invisible when it lands.