Seq # 470140010

Nymphalis polychloros (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Feb. 23, 2020, 12:06 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium, more observed in the southern part.


Family: Nymphalidae > Subfamily: Nymphalinae > Tribus: Nymphalini > Genus: Nymphalis > Species: Nymphalis polychloros
Vernacular names
Grote vos (NL), Large Tortoiseshell (EN), Grande Tortue (FR), Großer Fuchs (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1837. Catalogue des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de la Belgique, précédé du tableau des Libellulines de ce pays. — — : 1–29. On page 18.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly from the end of June till early May of the next year. They hibernate (see More pictures) and can wake up during warm, sunny weather already from mid February.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Ulmus, Populus and Salix

The larva lives on different species of deciduous trees and shrubs, like Ulmus, Salix, Populus, Quercus and Prunus.

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