l-album

Compton Tortoise Shell

Nymphalis l-album (Esper, 1781)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Rare (breeding?) stray or resident

NENHP Ranking: SH

Range: Its home range includes much of southern Canada and the northern United States from coast to coast. From there it wanders both to the north and south.

Broods/Flight Times: One mid-late summer flight. The few Nebraska records are from mid-June to late July.

Range: Its home range includes much of southern Canada and the northern United States from coast to coast. From there it wanders both to the north and south. It is most likely to be encountered in the northern tier of counties

Larval Hostplant(s): The following hostplants can be found in Nebraska: Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera), Willows (Salix species), Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides), and American Elm (Ulmus americana)

Habitat: Forested areas

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Gilbert-Baker SWMA

Overwintering: As adults

Similar Species: Mourning Cloak, Milbert’s Tortoise Shell, Anglewings (Polygonia species)

Notes: One of a very few butterflies that stray from northern latitudes. It is found so infrequently that a resident status cannot be assumed. The most recent sighting is from the Niobrara Valley Preserve in 1988.

Common Name, Location, Photographer
Compton Tortoise Shell- dorsal
Compton Tortoise Shell – ventral

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