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Aglais urticae

Aglais urticae
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6573 W: 89 N: 15657] (65479)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-07 7:48
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Aglais
Species: A. urticae

The Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) is a well-known colourful butterfly.
It is found in temperate Europe, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Siberia, China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan. 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 stinging 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.
The butterfly is abundant in most areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland. However numbers often vary yearly. Its commonness may often depend on the status of the common wasp in that particular season, since the wasp is known to feed on the Tortoiseshell's pupae.


La Vanessa dell'ortica (Nymphalis (Aglais) urticae (Linnaeus, 1758)), è un lepidottero diurno appartenente alla famiglia Nymphalidae, sottofamiglia Nymphalinae.
Il nome Aglais è un omaggio ad Aglaia, una delle tre Cariti (per i Romani le tre Grazie), quella della bellezza sfolgorante, dello splendore.
Il termine "urticae" fa riferimento alla principale pianta ospite dei bruchi di questa farfalla: l' Urtica dioica.
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Bonsoir Luciano,
superbe foto de ce petit papillon. Belle couleurs et lumière, très net et clair. Très bon travail.
chez nous il ne sont pas encore sortis!
salutations et bonne soirée

Bonsoir Luciano,

Les feuilles aident au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Vanesse de l'ortie. la lumière de l'après-midi met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. bonne soirée.


Hello Luciano,
A superb macro with excellent clarity and splendid colors and sharpness details,great lighting.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-07 8:37]

Hello Luciano,
Very beautiful photo in fine saturated colours and excellent sharpness and details. Gorgeous light. Nice centred composition.

Ciao Luciano,
direi che quest'anno mi avete fregato sul tempo,
per ora ancora nessuna farfalla dalle mie parti.
Davvero di grande impatto la composizione cromatica per questo scatto,
questo esemplare a differenza di quello fotografato da Silvio si è "conservato" meglio
durante l'inverno.
Ottimo POV ;-) bravo

Buona serata

Another masterpiece of your collection Luciano! Great clarity detail and natural colors! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Luciano,
A Fantastic detailed macro of this Butterfly my friend. The clarity, fine detail, colours, light balance, POV and shallow DOF is excellent.
Best regards,

Hi Luciano,
another beautiful photo of this butterfly. Amazing colours. Great sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Luciano
this is super good
i like the beautiful colours and great sharpness
nice BG with good details
greeting lou

Ci credi se ti dico che da queste parti non ne ho mai vista una? Colori eccezionale ma molto interessante anche l'impatto grafico dello sfondo. La definizione così così.


Ciao Luciano,
Excellent capture! I like the POV and the angle of the butterfly . Great sharpness and fine natural colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-07 12:24]

Hello Luciano,
lovely sharp and colourful photo of this Butterfly. Perfectly sharp and i love the way the light shows through the wings. A Great composition.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Luciano, gran bella sembra nuova nuova, colori brillanti e ottima nitidezza, ma perchè dalle mie parti son tutte smoccicate e le tue sane?
Sarà mica che le restauri prima di fotografarle?
Bravissimo, gran macro, ciao Silvio

Ciao Luciano
Gran bella macro,dai colori caldi e dettagli superbi.
Complimenti ciao Nico

Ciao Luciano,
la "prima " cattura della stagione o sbaglio ? complimenti per questa straordinaria macro, una nitidezza eccellente e ottimo POV.
Fantastica !
ciao Vanni

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-07 13:43]

Ciao Luciano,
è cominciata la caccia! Immagine nitidissima e con una resa cromatica fantastica; ottima la luce; un soggetto davvero splendido! Complimenti!
Un saluto

Salut Luciano

Avec la feuille du background c'est presque
comme une photo Nature Morte. La lumière et
les tons de couleurs sont très belles,
excellent POV pour nous montrer les pattern
du papillon, excellent focus netteté détails, TFS


Great photo Luciano! Very good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-03-08 1:06]

Hello Luciano,
Lovely colors and beautiful light and clarity ! A plesure to look at !

Ciao Luciano
Photo fine art here my Friend.Pure beauty.Fantastic colors and lighting.Impressive sharpness.Very well done!
Thank You.
Have a nice day!

Mint fresh capture of a well preserved Tortoiseshell, Luciano.
You have gone very up close to get this extremely vivid shot of its wings. A grea job done!
Thanks and regards.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-08 7:08]

Brilliant colors of this beauty captured well against contrasting background. tfs.

Ciao, Luciano,

Just love the beautiful rich colour tones here my good friend, excellent exposure/white balance Hmmm fabulous stuff, pin sharpness with fine details, splendid POV that shows this little beauty off well, quality image here Luciano Bravo! and very well done,
Best Regards,


optimum sharp and great colour. great picture.

Hello Luciano,
What a splendid photo with exceptional details. Absolutely amazing colors and exceptional clarity. The light and exposure are perfect as usual. I never have the luck to catch one of this species.
Lovely POV.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-03-13 11:46]

Ciao Luciano!
Ottima macro,immagine nitida e con dettagli eccellenti.
Bello lo sfondo con le foglie, su cui risalta l'ombra della farfalla.
Ciao! Vanda

ecco anche la sorella, la differenza si nota subito, molto buono il paralellismo con la farfala, ottima la maf,

buon fine sett anche a te,

ciao, tino

Hello Luciano.
Beautiful symmetry in this composition. Lovely markings on the wings from your superb camera handling. Thanks for sharing and kind regards.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2012-04-02 1:02]

Ciao Luciano,
popular species in my country. Good shot and informations. Photo is well done.
have a nice day.

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