The Small Tortoiseshell is one of the most common and widespread butterflies of Europe. One of the first butterflies out of hibernation in spring, this strong flyer is seen well into the autumn. The adult is striking with orange wings with black, white and yellow patterns, and with a row of blue triangles around the rear edge. The underwings are dull and help to camouflage stationary or individuals.
Spotted in a prealpine meadow, alt. 1400 m ASL. Distribution: throughout temperate Europe, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Siberia, China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan.
The common wasp feeds on the Tortoiseshell's pupae.
Lat: 46.51, Long: 6.97
Spotted on Jun 14, 2012
Submitted on Jun 20, 2012