Scientific Name: Araschinia levana (Nymphalidae Nymphalinae).
English Name: Map (Brush-footed butterflies family, Tortoiseshells and Fritillaries sub-family).
French Name: La Carte géographique (='the cartographic map').
5 Key Characters:
- underwings are purplish brown with a network of white tracery (resembling a map).
- spring form is orange with strong black markings on upper side.
- summer form is black with a central white band and a thin irregular dark red band near the wing edges on the upper side.
- small to medium sized butterfly (wingspan 40 mm).
Habitat: Woodland edges, river and ditch banks with tall lush vegetation, open woodland, often damp. Extensive sunny damp patches of nettles. Sometimes hot dry slopes.
Flight Period: March-April-May-June-July-August-September.
Caterpillars: Black with tufts of orange hairs and tiny white dots. Food plant Nettle Urtica dioica, May - June and August - September. Overwinters as a chrysalis.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
|Resting on bramble.|
|Spring form on caterpillar food plant Nettle Urtica dioica.|