Colours of summer
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|The Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis 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 theior wings, presenting the dramatic display of colors. This can frighten away young or inexperienced birds (Stevens 2005).
The butterfly is abundant in most areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland. However, its availability often varies yearly. Its commonness may often depend on the status of the common wasp in that particular season, as the wasp is known to feed on the Tortoiseshell's pupae.
The Corsican Small Tortoiseshell Aglais (urticae) ichnusa looks very similar; whether it is a subspecies or a distinct species is yet to be determined.
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- [2007-07-13 15:01]
Hi anna. This is a very good close up of the Butterfly. fine detail and bright rich colours. good focusing showing his hairy body. a nice POV and DOF. very well done TFS. good notes too.
Nick.. have a good weekend.
Very nice colorful macro image with good composition and exposure.
Colors and softness in the background are lovely, but would like to have seen a little more depth of field.
Seems that the right wingtip of the butterfly is a little out of focus field.
Very nice shot anyway.
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards, Harry
Beautiful image of this butterfly Anna.
Fine focus,colors, lighting, POV, DOF, and BG are super.
- [2007-09-26 7:33]
This summer I was in town seldom enough and have missed many excellent posts as ell as your sweet summer collection. It is great.
I like this wonderful and very colourful shot of this beautiful butterfly sitting in so fine flower. Composition of the picture is excellent as well as the details, sharpness and wonderful colours. My heart regards and compliments.