Compton Tortoiseshell

Nymphalis vaualbum

Genus Nymphalis
Subfamily True Brushfoots
Family Brushfooted Butterflies
All Massachusetts Species


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Occurrence   Statewide - resident
Abundance Variably uncommon to fairly common
Flight Period Mid-March to mid-October
Notes The greatest numbers are typically seen in early spring (overwintering adults)
Overwintering Adult
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Compton Tortoiseshell - Nymphalis vaualbum

Compton Tortoiseshell

Photo by Erik Nielsen - 4/13/2003
Oxbow NWR, Harvard

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Compton Tortoiseshell - Nymphalis vaualbum

Compton Tortoiseshell

Photo by Erik Nielsen - 4/13/2003
Oxbow NWR, Harvard

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Compton Tortoiseshell - Nymphalis vaualbum

Compton Tortoiseshell

Photo by Tom Murray - 7/13/2003
Ponkapoag Trail, Randolph

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Compton Tortoiseshell - Nymphalis vaualbum

Compton Tortoiseshell

Photo by Tom Murray - 7/13/2003
Ponkapoag Trail, Randolph

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Compton Tortoiseshell - Nymphalis vaualbum

Compton Tortoiseshell

Photo by Barbara Spencer

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Compton Tortoiseshell - Nymphalis vaualbum

Compton Tortoiseshell

Photo by Barbara Spencer

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Compton Tortoiseshell - Nymphalis vaualbum

Compton Tortoiseshell

Photo by Barbara Spencer - 4/22/2007
Cummington

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Compton Tortoiseshell - Nymphalis vaualbum

Compton Tortoiseshell

Photo by Barbara Spencer - 7/11/2006
Cummington

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Compton Tortoiseshell - Nymphalis vaualbum

Compton Tortoiseshell

Photo by Howard Hoople - 3/31/2006
Ward Reservation, Andover, MA

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