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.
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
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Updated May 2019

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