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Small Tortoiseshell


Small Tortoiseshell
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Copyright: Slawek Chudy (chudy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC-H10, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3,5-4,4/6,3-63, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): in my garden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-13 13:23
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Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
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 their 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 Nymphalis (urticae) ichnusa looks very similar; whether it is a subspecies or a distinct species is yet to be determined.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Nymphalis
Species: N. urticae

Binomial name
Nymphalis urticae
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Synonyms

Aglais urticae, Vanessa urticae
(wikipedia)

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-13 20:33]

Very good moment, interesting siuation!

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