Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae
Small Tortoiseshell, Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk, England, March 2009 - click for larger image Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, England

The Small Tortoiseshell is distributed throughout Britain and Europe and is found in a wide variety of habitats including urban areas. Nettles are required for egg-laying and caterpillars.
Small Tortoiseshell, Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk, England, April 2009 - click for larger image It is one of the most common butterflies and is usually the first to come out of hibernation in March though they can be seen in almost every month of the year.

There is more information on the UK Butterflies site.
Small Tortoiseshell, Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk, England, July 2009 - click for larger image
Small Tortoiseshell, Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk, England, July 2009 - click for larger image
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