Nymphalis polychloros - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 4 July 2015
Nymphalis polychloros Adult


© Robin Howard

Nymphalis polychloros (Linnaeus, 1758)

Large Tortoiseshell
La Grande Tortue

Wingspan: 50-68mm

A univoltine species flying from February to October. A regular visitor to Las Descargues in the spring but less common in summer. More common in the lower altitudes of the Causse. A species of woodlands, river valleys and scrub.

Larvae feed on Ulmus glabra, Salix caprea, S. eleagnos, Populus nigra, Quercus pubescens etc.