The California Tortoiseshell Butterfly is typically 1.2 inches to 2.7 inches (32mm to 70mm) in size and has the following descriptors / identifiers: orange; black; white; yellow; tan; brown; three black spots; ruffled wings; carved edges; white spot wing tip; brown underneath; flying.
Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the California Tortoiseshell Butterfly may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.