Milbert's Tortoiseshell Aglais milberti (Godart, 1819)    Synonyms: Fire-rim Tortoiseshell, Hodges #4433, Nymphalis milberti, Vanessa milberti.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Nymphalidae   >   Genus Aglais   


Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti) is a distinctive species with northern affinities, apparently occurring in Maryland only as a rare stray. It has been recorded from Allegany and from Carroll Counties, presumably originating from populations in Pennsylvania. Elsewhere in North America, this species ranges from the Mid-Atlantic through New England and into maritime Canada, through the boreal forest to Alaska, and westwards to the Pacific coast (Brock & Kaufman, 2003).


This species uses nettles (Urtica spp.) as larval hosts.

There are 2 records in the project database.

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A Milbert's Tortoiseshell near Duluth, Minnesota (6/17/2010). In Maryland Milbert's Tortoiseshell is an extremely rare stray. Photo by Dan Irizarry. (MBP list)

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