Yellow-legged tortoiseshell - Nymphalis xanthomelas

 

Family: Nymphalidae.

Flight Time: March/June, June/July (Hibernates).

Size: 50-63mm

Altitude: 0-2000m

Photos from Bulgaria from Mark Ogden where the species is extinct, or nearly. The pale brown legs are a key to identification as well as white spots on the outer edge of the forewing.

The species is a migrant so could occur outside its known current breeding range.

 

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Yellow-legged tortoiseshell distribution

 

Early Stages

 

     
 
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