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Small tortoiseshell butterfly (aglais urticae).jpg
Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) on blackthorn in Otmoor, Oxfordshire, England
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Aglais
Dalman, 1816

Aglais is a Holarctic genus of brush-footed butterflies, containing the tortoiseshells. This genus is sometimes indicated as a subgenus of Nymphalis or simply being an unnecessary division from the genus Nymphalis,[1][2][3] which also includes tortoiseshells, but it is usually considered to be separate.[4] This proposed separate genus is also considered "brushfooted butterflies" historically together with the other or separate Nymphalis species.[1]


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  1. ^ a b Evans, Arthur V. (2008). National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spider of North America. p. 293. Sterling Publishing, London. ISBN 978-1-4027-4153-1.
  2. ^ Savela, Markku (28 April 2019). "Nymphalis Kluk, 1780". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  3. ^ Hoskins, Adrian. "Milbert's Tortoiseshell". Butterflies of Mexico, USA & Canada.
  4. ^ Sadka, Mike. "LepIndex Home". The Global Lepidoptera Names Index. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  5. ^ Linnaeus, Carl; Salvius, Lars (1758). Caroli Linnaei...Systema naturae per regna tria naturae :secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis (pdf) (in Latin). v.1. Holmiae : Impensis Direct. Laurentii Salvii. p. 472. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.542. hdl:2027/hvd.32044106464480. OCLC 499504699. Retrieved 15 March 2018.

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