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  • n. Plural form of tortoiseshell.


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  • The Big Butterfly Count's discovery of three times as many small tortoiseshells as any other species in Scotland this year is boost for conservationists after a disastrous decline in small tortoiseshell numbers in England over the past decade.

    UK butterfly numbers fall following coldest summer in 18 years

  • She was a kid with Buddy Holly tortoiseshells and a streak in her hair the color of Easter grass.

    The Wreck of Me

  • Every time Harriet gamboled past the buddleia, a host of tortoiseshells and painted ladies rose into the air, as if the very petals themselves had come to life and taken flight.

    Winter Bloom

  • Some even had grand names such as red admiral and painted lady, while others included the peacock and small tortoiseshells.

    Country diary: Achvaneran

  • This time last year we counted at least 15 mixed aristocrats on just one small buddleia bush, with more peacocks than the small tortoiseshells and red admirals.

    Country diary: Achvaneran

  • The still existing fragments of writing of this period are found almost exclusively on tortoiseshells or on other bony surfaces, and they represent oracles.

    A History of China

  • Peacock butterflies, "eyed" like Emperors 'robes, open and shut their wings upon the petals; large tortoiseshells are flitting from flower to flower; mouse-coloured humming-bird moths are poising before the red lips of the geraniums; and a stream of common white butterflies is crossing the lawn to the flowers at the rate of twenty a minute.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • We used to catch white 'uns, and yaller ones, and sometimes what we used to call tortoiseshells.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw The Story of a Strange Cruise

  • A blue butterfly we found in the dust of the road, without the spirit to fly, and lifted him into a field to let him have a chance of life; a few tortoiseshells, and so on -- even the white butterflies are quite uncommon, the whites that used to drift along like snowflakes.

    Field and Hedgerow Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies

  • The buddleia bush was covered in red admirals, peacocks, tortoiseshells. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph


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