Nettle-tree Butterfly - Libythea celtis

Nettle-tree Butterfly

Photo Milan Djuric


Family: Libytheidae

Flight Time: Late June - August, March after hibernation

Size: 34-44mm

Altitude: 400-1500m


This unusual species is the only representative of the Libytheidae or Snouts in Europe. The particular specimen was photographed in Mt. Visitor, in Montenegro.

The image on the right is courtesy of Mark Ogden, taken in Bulgaria in 2005.



Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Celtis australis

Open bushy areas

Nettle-tree butterfly distribution.


Early Stages




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