Butterflies of Norway




English name: Small Tortoiseshell
Norwegian name: Neslesommerfugl
Auctor: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Original description: as Papilio Nymphalis urticae in Syst.Nat. (Edn. 10) I: 477.
Syn.: urtica (Staudinger, 1871)
Type locality of nominate species: Sweden.
Worldwide distribution: Europe, temperate parts of Asia to the Russian Pacific coast, China,
Mongolia and Korea. Possibly introduced to New York State.
Subspecies in Norway: N.u.urticae.


N. urticae urticae

Auctor: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Syn.: --
Type locality of subspecies: Sweden.
Distribution in Norway: Entire Norway.
Notes: f. polaris was previously regarded as a subspecies of N.urticae
(originally described as Vanessa urtica polaris). However, areas
dominated by polaris in cold summers can be taken over by the nominate
urticae in warm Arctic summers. Even within offspring of the same
brood both forms can occur. polaris should therefore be treated as a cold
climate form.
Numerous other forms have been named.
Described forms found in Norway: f. frig. polaris (Staudinger, 1871)
Etymology: urticae: urtica = nettle.
polaris: polos = pole of the earth.


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 1  26  TEI  Seljord  27-JUL-2002  female
 2  26  TEI  Seljord  27-JUL-2002  male (ventral view)

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