Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae 10 larvae
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Description

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae

The larvae live in tight clusters on the tips of nettle. If possible keep young larvae caged or in sleeves on growing nettle indoors or outside.

When the larvae have grown and need a lot of food, they can be kept in a cage on cut nettle in a jar of water. In a matter of weeks the pupae are formed hanging from the cage top, and the butterflies emerge in a little over a fortnight.

The butterflies can be kept in a cage for a few days, with plenty of flowers for nectar, and then released to help the wild populations.