Aglais io


Wingspan 63 - 75mm. The upper-wings are bright, purple-brown with large eye-spots on each wing. The undersides are much darker, the hind-wings almost black.


Woodland edge, hedgerows and gardens. The larvae feed on nettles and the adults nectar on a variety of flowers.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread in England, Wales and lowland Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

March to September.