|Copyright: Terry Goldsmith (terrygold) (52)|
|Date Taken: 2010-09-11|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-06-02 10:32|
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Pictured enjoying Autumn/Fall sunshine in the gardens of Belfast Castle.
The Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe. There are a few records from New York City which, however, are believed to have arrived human-assisted.
This is a species often found in gardens. The caterpillars feed on nettles, as do those of several Nymphalidae butterflies.
The adult is striking, with its dark body and red and yellow wings, which have a row of blue dots around the rear edge. However the underwings are dull, which helps to conceal stationary or hibernating individuals. When threatened, resting individuals rapidly open their wings, presenting the dramatic display of colours. This can frighten away young or inexperienced birds (Stevens 2005).
The butterfly is abundant in most areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland. However numbers often vary yearly
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Ciao Terry, beautiful Aglais urticae in a lovely composition with splendid light and fantastic colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio