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The Small Tortoiseshell is one of our most-familiar butterflies appearing in gardens. Its beautiful patterning, comprising of black patches, areas of bright yellowish-orange and a fringe of blue spots around both the hind and forewings. The sexes are similar in appearance. The caterpillar, which reaches 22 mm in length, has a black head, a largely black body with tiny white spots, and black or yellowish spines on the back and sides. Along each side there are two broken yellow bands.
Spotted on Aug 1, 2017
Submitted on Aug 20, 2017