Definition of tortoiseshell butterfly in English:

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tortoiseshell butterfly

noun

A butterfly with mottled orange, yellow, and black markings, and wavy wing margins.
  • Genera Aglais and Nymphalis, subfamily Nymphalinae, family Nymphalidae: several species, including the common Eurasian small tortoiseshell (A. urticae)
Example sentences
  • Where there were walls or hedges, bright orange rosehips, black sloes, red haws and yellow ivy bloom; a few bees, a small tortoiseshell butterfly.
  • For example, the caterpillar of the small tortoiseshell butterfly will eat only stinging nettles, white admirals feed solely upon honeysuckle, and goldfinches eat only seed.
  • Bumblebees are circling round and about and several butterflies are on the wing: orange tips, small tortoiseshell and peacock.

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