Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae

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Ruán Beag [IRL]

La Petite Tortue [F]

Kleiner Fuchs [D]

Distribution Map (dark areas indicate presence) and Flight Times of this species - \nNB See General Information page for accuracy information

Most habitats - Gardens, Woodlands, Hedgerows.

Widespread in Ireland.


50-55mm (2.44 inches)

This is a very common butterfly which regularly frequents gardens, particularly favouring Buddlea bushes.
It is mainly reddish-orange with black markings and blue spots around the border. In contrast, the underside is quite dull.
It can be found sometimes hibernating in houses.