59.029 .... B&F 1594
Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Status .....The Large Tortioseshell is long extinct in Nottinghamshire and the UK, now only occurring as a very rare/occasional migrant to south-eastern coasts, or (potentially) as captive-bred releases or escapes. There are however, two recent 'claims' of this butterfly from Nottinghamshire. The first was reported from Attenborough NR on September 20th 2003 and the second more recently, from Potwell Dyke Grasslands at Southwell on July 29th 2017. Both records appear to be unsubstantiated with no supporting photographs or descriptions etc.

But one definite (and potentially quite valid) record of a Large Tortioseshell from south Nottinghamshire in July 2023 (Johnson, B.) will obviously have the usual suspicions regarding possible release attached to it. However, in view of a number of records in some southern counties of the UK in the past few years, there is always the possibility of this record involving a genuine wild butterfly.
Captive-bred adult. Photographed June 2019
Early stages                            
Captive reared larva on Wych Elm Ulmus glabra. Photographed May 2019
Pupa. Photographed June 2019
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Large Tortoiseshell
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Amanda Hender (per iRecord). Brian Johnson (per Nick and Samantha Brownley). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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