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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, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-04-04 4:20
Viewed: 905
Points: 10
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The other side of this species posted a week ago.

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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Bonjour Luciano,

Les feuilles cadrent bien le papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Petite Tortue. La netteté est très bonne. La lumière fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hello Luciano

Excellent macro of this butterfly, fine lateral POV at its level,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Hi Luciano,

Excellent photograph wit fine details and sharpness..TFS,

Warm Regards,

Ciao Luciano, bello anche il lato oscuro della Vanessa dell'ortica, non facile vedere una foto con questi dettagli e la nitidezza è splendida, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful butterfly and well captured. Excellent details and exposure. Right side grass blade touches its wing and it doesn't look good. To me bit distracting. Background is also not such eye catching due to distracting OOF grass blades. So to me all species are photogenic, but all places are not perfect for photography. In my opinion, if you want to enhance your quality of picture of butterfly, just go for total OOF BACKGROUND.
Thanks for sharing,

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