Large Tortoiseshell

Nymphalis polychloros

It is likely the Large Tortoiseshell was once resident in Warwickshire. It was common and fairly widespread in woodlands across southern England during the 19th Century.

Only three records of Large Tortoiseshell have been reported in our region since 1927 and it is believed that the species became extinct in the UK in the 1950's.

The Victorian County History gives Stratford, Warwick and Allesley as localities for the species.

Historic Records in Warwickshire

  • 1927: Rugby by Rugby School Natural History Society1.

1. Smith, R. and Brown, D. (1979) The Lepidoptera of Warwickshire; a provisional list. Part One, Butterflies 1900-1977, Hesperiidae to Satyridae.