59.027 .... B&F 1593
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Status .....The Small Tortoiseshell remains very much a common Nottinghamshire butterfly, despite all the negative publicity issued by the relevant authorities a few years ago. In Nottinghamshire, there has been a decline but this may have been over-emphasised by this butterfly having a number of very good years in the latter part of the 1990's. The decline started after a bumper year in 1997 and numbers ultimately reached a low between 2006 and 2008. But we found almost identical low points in the populations of most other Nottinghamshire species and feel the dominant cause was more likely to have been climatic, rather than parasitic. Since 2008 however, there has been something of a recovery. This proved to be extremely similar to the recovery showed by the Peacock after 2009, with comparitively poor years in 2012 affecting both species.
Photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top August 2013
Photographed at Eakring Flash July 2007
Early stages                            
Early instar larvae and larval web on Nettle Urtica dioica. Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter May 2019.
Full grown larva on Nettle Urtica dioica. Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter May 2014.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Small Tortoiseshell
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Keith and Belinda Lugg. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Martin Harvey. Pauline Bradford. Wil Heeney. Meg Skinner. Nottingham City Council. Darren Matthews. Steve Horne. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Lound Moth Group. NBGRC. Peter Acton. Damian Taylor. Barry Lygo. Graham Birkett. Tom Shields. Brian Wetton. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). David Shaw. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

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Updated January 2024

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