tortoiseshell butterfly

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Noun1.tortoiseshell butterfly - brilliantly coloredtortoiseshell butterfly - brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles
brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly - medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
genus Nymphalis, Nymphalis - type genus of the Nymphalidae: mourning cloak butterflies
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In the first year I lived there I counted 28 small tortoiseshell butterflies on one bush.
It has big daisy-like fragrant flower heads with a central orange-brown cone that makes a great landing pad for comma and small tortoiseshell butterflies.
Without action, Welsh families might not experience these woods as our ancestors did, never see beautiful small tortoiseshell butterflies, hear the call of the chough along our coastal cliffs, or smell a fresh meadow filled with wildflowers.
And scarce tortoiseshell butterflies - rarely seen in the UK - were spotted as far north as Tyneside.
Blue tits, great tits and greenfinches will all visit a bird feeder attached to a window, while peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies will flutter around flowers in a window box.
A total of 6,833 small tortoiseshell butterflies were counted, with the species seen in 80 per cent of squares - up from 40 per cent in 2012.
Hedgehog numbers have also reduced by a third since the millennium, and tortoiseshell butterflies, once common in gardens, have declined by 77%.
Hedgehog numbers, for example, have fallen by 33% since 2000 and tortoiseshell butterflies, a once common sight in British gardens, have declined by nearly 80%.
It at tracts comma and small tortoiseshell butterflies.
As a 9-year-old, Neil Bjorklund wandered with his father in a wildflower meadow high on Steens Mountain, spellbound by the hundreds of orange-and-black winged Milbert's Tortoiseshell butterflies he found there.
And tortoiseshell butterflies, once seen in gardens everywhere, are down 80 per cent.
Natural scenery ruined for ever AN optimistic report on Monday's PM programme (8 July), claimed that we should all celebrate the fact that future generations may, after all, be able to enjoy the experience of seeing Tortoiseshell butterflies in our countryside, following fears of their recent decline.