Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Milbert’s Tortoiseshells are a swift-flying butterfly that prefers woodland edges and along streams and roadsides.
This butterfly is on the wing from April to October, with possibly three overlapping generations.
A quick, active species, it flits rapidly about its territory.
It regularly alights on the ground or on a rock or tree with its wings spread flat.
It feeds mostly on sap, rotting fruit, and animal dung, but is also seen nectaring on flowers.
* There are four subspecies of Tortoiseshell butterflies.
Avg. Wingspan: 4.5 - 6.2 cm / 1.75 - 2.45 "
Diet: adults feed on nectar exclusively.
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera