Taxon profile


Small Tortoiseshell
Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Arthropoda - arthropods »  class Insecta - insects »  order Lepidoptera - butterflies and moths »  family Nymphalidae - brushfoots »  genus Aglais - Tortoiseshells

Scientific synonyms

Nymphalis urticae




Taxon in country check-lists*

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44–52 mm


EU, Asia Minor, C.Asia, Siberia, China, Mongolia, Korea

Intertaxon relationships

food: Urtica dioica L. - Common Nettle

parasite: Ulesta perspicua (Wesmael, 1857)

Included taxa

Number of records: 10

subspecies Aglais urticae baicalensis Kleinschmidt, 1929
subspecies Aglais urticae chinensis (Leech, 1893)
subspecies Aglais urticae connexa (Butler, 1882)
subspecies Aglais urticae eximia (Sheljuzhko, 1919)
subspecies Aglais urticae ichnusa Hübner, 1824 - Corsican Small Tortoiseshell
subspecies Aglais urticae kansuensis (Kleinschmidt, 1940)
subspecies Aglais urticae polaris Staudinger, 1871
subspecies Aglais urticae stoetzneri (Kleinschmidt, 1929)
subspecies Aglais urticae turcica (Staudinger, 1871)
subspecies Aglais urticae urticae (Linnaeus, 1758) - Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae urticae - Small Tortoiseshell

Links and literature

EN SR Djurić M.: Butterflies of Serbia [] [as Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758)]
EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [441679]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
CZ EN Laštůvka Z., Liška J.: Checklist of Lepidoptera of the Czech Republic [] [as Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 28 February 2009
CZ DE Bělín V. (1999): Motýli České a Slovenské republiky aktivní ve dne, Kabourek, Zlín [as Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758)]
EN Jakšić P., Nahirnić A., Petrović S. (2013): Compendium of Serbian Butterflies with Vernacular Names, Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, 6: 75-88 [as Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 18 January 2014

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