Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aglais urticae

Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758)

small tortoiseshell

on Urtica

Aglais urticae larvae

Hoofddorp, © Laurens van der Linde: larvae

Aglais urticae larvae on Urtica dioica

Urtica dioica, Belgium, prov. Namur, Rochefort, le Gros Tienne, 3.v.2014 © Carina Van Steenwinkel: group of young larvae

Aglais urticae larva


Aglais urticae

Hoofddorp, 14.v.2022 © Laurens van der Linde

Aglais urticae pupa

Hoofddorp, 7.v.2022 © Laurens van der Linde


Larvae freely on the leaves, initially communally.

host plants

Urticaceaew, monophagous

Urtica dioica.

Occasionally Cannabis sativa; Humulus lupulus (Cannabaceae).

distribution within Europe

PESI (2021).

ei, larva, pupa

see Lepiforum, Pyrgus.


Nymphalis urticae.


Baquero, Moraza, Ariño & Jordana (2011a), Baur (2015a), Lafranchis (2020b), Lepiforum (2021), (2023), Wirooks & Theissen (1999a), Žikić, Ritt, Colacci, ao (2019a).

Last modified 21.viii.2023