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Aglais urticae

Aglais urticae
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-23
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): LEPIDOPTERA of Turkiye and Cyprus [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-28 1:58
Viewed: 4320
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Isırgan kelebeği [TR], The Small Tortoiseshell [EN] (Aglais 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.Formerly A. urticae was called as Nymphalis urticae.

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 theior 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 (from Wikipedia).

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-07-28 8:55]

Ahmet Very nice composition and very nice shot. The POV is perfect. Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-07-28 9:18]

Hello Ahmet,
Beautiful composition showing the Small Tortoiseshell in a fine pose. You've got pretty good focus on the wings and very fine colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Dr merhaba,
Çok güzel bir kelebek türü. Netlik kanatlarda güzel olmuş ama baş kısmı biraz flu olmuş. Netlik derinliğinde biraz sıkıntı var gibi. Mustafa

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-28 14:24]

Hi Ahmet.a very colourful shot of the butterfly. a nice POV/DOF. focusing a little soft. but still a nice picture. well done TFs
Good notes too.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-28 16:56]

Hello Ahmet,
I agree with those who say the focus is a bit soft, but the photo has some nice qualities. The POV is excellent. The light/exposure is outstanding. The colors are rich and vivid. This is a beautiful butterfly.
Best Wishes,

Merhaba Ahmet cok guzel renkler ve canli, Composition guzel olmus, selamlar Necip.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-28 22:17]

Hello Ahmet

A beautiful butterfly,the focus and details are sharp.The colours are well saturated,the blue edging is wonderful.Nicely composed.The POV and DOF are well handled.TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-07-29 12:02]

Hello Ahmet,
This Small Tortoishell looks really good against the stone BG, the colours showing well. The colours, composition and sharpness on the wings make up for the soft focusing on the body.
Thanks for sharing,
best wishes, Ivan

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-08-04 13:28]
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selam ahmet
benim icin oldukca yeni ve bir o kadar da guzel bir kelebek turu ulkemizde acaba baska nerelerde var?
kompozisyon, renkler, govde detaylari, sade cercevesi ve bilgi notu basarili olmus
eline saglik

Hello Ahmet,
The fluffy body is well depicted!
Excellent colour & pattern in the wings, the close-up work has been well done...
Attractive composition with nice placement of the insect in the frame!
Pablo -

Merhaba Ahmet bey:
Çok güzel bir tüe çok canlı renkler.

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