Here's a photo of a tortoiseshell sitting on the photographer's hand in January of 2005. Like other Nymphalis, Polygonia and Vanessa species, they sometimes will land on your hand, head, shoulder, even a butterfly net!
These two images of a California Tortoise Shell landed in an Oak tree were shot at Sawmill Campground on 6-24-2005.
Images of mounted insects from the Santa Clarita collection
More images of specimens from the Santa Clarita collection. These were raised from larvae collected in April, 2005.