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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: 6482 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-05-26 1:17
Viewed: 141
Points: 16
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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.

VANESSA DELL'ORTICA

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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Ciao Luciano, gran bella con colori brillanti, ottimi dettagli e splendida nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 12 N: 90] (9662)
  • [2019-05-26 6:40]

At 69 my eye sight varies some time so over many shots I do scroll up and down also my eye glasses up and down, try to enjoy the last of its juice but some time there I see not an equal focusing so I prefer color or NOTE.
Well shot nice frame and beautiful colors.
TFS.

Hello Luciano,
A splendid specie with such amazing colors. Very rare in my region. Nice capture with good details and lovely colors.
Marius.

Hi Luciano, Once again I am in awe of the beauty and complexity of nature. You succeed outstandingly well in displaying the fabulous colours and patterns of this butterfly which apparently does not occur in our region despite its wide area of distribution. Well done indeed. Neels

ciao Luciano
Encore une très belle photo de papillon.
Bon angle de vue sur les ailes ouvertes.
Bonne soirée
Roland

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-05-28 5:57]

Hello Luciano,
What a beautiful photo. The sparkling colors are amazing. Excellent sharpness and details. A beauty!
Regards,
Peter

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'insecte est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Petite tortue. La lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.

Pierre

Another excellent example of this type of insect. You seem to be able to find an infinite variety that many of us overlook as we pass by. Great color, one of the flowers slightly over exposed, I think.

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