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Aglais urticae

Aglais urticae
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Copyright: Roberto Innocenzi (cobra112) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A painter's dream [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-06-21 11:04
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Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Aglais

The Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae L.) is a colourful and well-known Eurasian butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is found throughout 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 be of introduced insects. This is a species often found in gardens. The caterpillars feed on stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) and small nettle, Urtica urens as do those of several Nymphalid 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. The species has one of the longest seasons of any Eurasian butterfly, extending from early spring to late autumn. Adults overwinter in hibernation, emerging on the first warm sunny days of the year to mate and breed. In southern parts of the range there may be two broods each year, but northern insects are inhibited by long summer daylength from breeding a second time.

Lunghezza ala anteriore: 22-27 mm
Distribuzione in Italia: Tutta Italia esclusa la Sardegna.
Habitat: specie euricora, con tendenze migratorie si rinviene in diversi ambienti dal piano basale a quello montano e cacuminale, sino a oltre 3000 metri s.l.m.
Generazioni annuali: una sola sfarfallamento da giugno ad agosto.
Piante nutrici: Urtica dioica.

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Hallo Roberto
Perfect use of lighting, terrific composition, and the colours are brilliant. The depth of field is superb and the butterfly really pops out - excellent photography my friend!
Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-21 11:31]

Hello Roberto,
A fantastic macro in all aspects. High quality. The DOF is really perfect.
Enjoy the weekend,

Hi Roberto,
beautiful butterfly. Amazing composition. Amazing colours. Excellent sharpness. Perfect depth.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Roberto,

Lovely shot with Excellent sharp details, Great colors and Beautifull POV

TFS Thijs

Ciao Roberto, io questa ce l'ho quasi turtte le foto da sopravvissta all'invermno, piů o meno splacchiata, č un piacere vederla cosě fresca e coi colori cosě brillanti, ottimi dettagli e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-21 14:58]

Ciao Roberto,non facile ritrovarla in questo periodo,appena sfarfallata e con i colori piu' brillanti di dash,grandi dettagli e luce e fantastico risalto della pelliccia centrale.Buon weekend e complimenti,Luciano

Hello Roberto,
fine capture of this butterfly with good sharpness and nicely opened wings. I also like the beautiful colours and the splendid light.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-06-21 21:33]

Beautiful and colorful Small Tortoiseshell in simple composition..bit more brightness will help. tfs.

Hello Roberto,
A top quality image!!! One of the most interesting and lovely species of butterflies. The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely contrast against the green background. Fantastic details and clarity.
A masterpiece! Thanks for sharing this beauty!

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-06-21 23:48]

excellent work. beautifully colored butterfly in good angle and clarity. interesting background. managed well the difficult light. tfs.

Hello Roberto,
Excellent colour of this picture.Very nice presentation.Nice POV with beautiful sharpness.Well captured.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hallo Roberto
照的非常清楚 光線明亮又柔和 真是美麗

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2013-06-22 3:45]

Hello Roberto,
It's very good photo maybe too dark on my screen. this species I see lately in my countryside.
Regards, Pawel

Ciao Roby,
Beautiful Small Tortoiseshell with interesting lights, exceptional DoF and pleasant composition. Brilliant capture! Bravo!
Best regards, László

Another beautiful photo Roberto! Good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-06-24 5:39]

Bonjour Roberto,
Une image splendide de ce papillon commun, mais rarement si bien photographié. Tu avais un spécimen tout frais et une lumičre parfaite. Mais le photographe a fait du bon travail aussi!
Un grand merci.

Ciao Roberto
Questo č un grande successo, i colori sono molto ben fatte, e molto elegante postura. Grazie Roberto

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