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California tortoiseshell

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Nymphalidae
Scientific name  Nymphalis californica
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Tribe  Nymphalini
Rank  Species
California tortoiseshell California Tortoiseshell
Similar  Papilio eurymedon, Polygonia satyrus, Phyciodes mylitta, Lorquin's admiral, West Coast lady

Dancing california tortoiseshell pupae

The California tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae.


The California tortoiseshell is known for having population explosions which cause the butterflies to migrate to new areas. The cause of these population explosions is unknown. Their larvae eat various species of Ceanothus.

California tortoiseshell California Tortoiseshell Raising ButterfliesHow to find and care

It is recognized for the top of its wings being orange with big black spots (used mainly for camouflage). The browns and greys of the wing underside make it resemble a dead leaf when the wings are closed. Its wingspan varies from 3.2--7 cm (1¼--2¾ inches).

California tortoiseshell butterfly emerges time lapse v00027

California tortoiseshell California Tortoiseshell Butterfly Nymphalis californica
California tortoiseshell California Tortoiseshell Butterfly Nymphalis californica


California tortoiseshell Wikipedia

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