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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: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-03-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-03-28 9:01
Viewed: 819
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back in my gallery after 4 years.

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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Hello Luciano,
back in your gallery after 4 years but looking very fresh and up to date. Clear, precise and well exposed under pleasantly soft sunlight, your image is sending cheerful greetings to spring that is arriving quire reluctantly this year. Have also seen a some Aglais urticae coming out from their hibernation hides a few days ago, but non of them was in such a good condition as yours.
Thank you! With best regards,

Ciao Luciano, domenica mette sole, dovrei inaugrare, se no vado backing di 4 years anch'io, colori brillanti e splendida nitidezza, dettagli super al solito bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hallo Luciano very nice picture to see with great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Happy colours and lights by great details and pov well done as usual's LUCIANO GOLLINI

You begin the new butterfly season with a bang, Luciano. What a beautiful capture of a Small Tortoiseshell with its wings spread open!
The BG of a dried up leaf adds extra appeal to the composition.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2018-03-29 9:33]

Ciao Luciano,
Great Capture, Aglais !!
Good composition, fantastic lighting and very good sharpness.
Best wishes,

Bonsoir Luciano,

La feuille aide au cadrage du papillon. La prise d evue permet de voir les détails du papillon Petite tortue. La lumière fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Hello Luciano

Great macro of this butterfly, fine POV to show its beautiful patterns
and color tones, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2018-03-30 12:13]

Ciao Louciano

Excellent picture of Aglais urticae, very nice composition, beautiful natural colors, excellent sharpness and details, nice pOV.


Hello Luciano,
Very well captured. Nothing to say here. Like its color and depth.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

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