Definition of Tortoiseshell butterfly
1. Noun. Brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles.
Generic synonyms: Brush-footed Butterfly, Four-footed Butterfly, Nymphalid, Nymphalid Butterfly
Group relationships: Genus Nymphalis, Nymphalis
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Literary usage of Tortoiseshell butterfly
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1. Memories of the Months: Being Pages from the Notebook of a Field-naturalist by Herbert Maxwell (1897)
"... it was not only accentuated by unclouded sunshine, but also, in the naturalist's calendar, by a profuse hatch of the small tortoiseshell butterfly ..."
2. An Encyclopædia of Gardening: Comprising the Theory and Practice of by John Claudius Loudon (1835)
"The Elm, or Large Tortoiseshell, butterfly. The caterpillar is about an inch and three quarters ... The Kettle, or Small Tortoiseshell, butterfly, (ßg. 677. ..."
3. Magazine of Natural History by Edward Charlesworth (1830)
"... humble bees, 22d; small tortoiseshell butterfly, 22d; ants in motion, ... brimstone butterfly and great tortoiseshell butterfly, 17th; slow-worm, 17th. ..."