California Tortoiseshell, Nymphalis californica

California Tortoiseshell

Nymphalis californica

Above, an orange butterfly, with wide black margins and a few small black spots on the forewings. Below, this species is brownish/gray and is similar to many of the commas, but lacks the silvery spot in the middle of the hindwing that characterizes those species.

Woodland clearings and trails.

A very rare migrant from the west.

The California Tortoiseshell is a very rare migrant from the west.

Further Information:   

Design A Butterfly Garden
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Monarch Life Cycle
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Assn (NABA)
The Butterfly Site