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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: 2014-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-26 12:06
Viewed: 1519
Points: 18
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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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Ciao Roberto, gran bella, fresca fresca, colori brillanti, ottimi dettagli e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Roberto,

Hope you are well. What a marvellous shot this lovely tortoiseshell on a daisy perhaps. The focus and colour details are of top class and impressive. Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards/Abid

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-26 13:02]

Ciao Roby,non facile trovarla su un fiore,di solito preferisce tronchi o foglie secche rasoterra,ottima foto come sempre,perfettamente inquadrata al centro alla faccia di chi sempre contesta questo tipo di foto.Buona serata,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-26 13:12]

Ciao Roberto,
A very common butterfly, but in splendid colours and excellent sharpness. Great DOF with a nice centered composition.

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2014-10-26 23:29]

Ciao Roberto

Great macro of Aglais, great DOF, nice POV showing the details, very nice blurring BG. Thanks for sharing.



Hello Roberto - Classic pose of the beautiful seldom posted Butterfly. Excellent colour and sharpness with good light. Well managed BG. Thanks for sharing. Regards

Ciao Roby,
Beautiful photo of the Small Tortoiseshell, one of my fave butterflies. Fantastic sharpness and nice shallow DoF to isolate the subject from the background. Strange to say, although this species is common in my home country, Hungary, I had to come to Ireland to shoot useful photos of it. :-) Congratulations for the nice image.
Best regards, László

hallo Roberto
super good sharpness and lovely colours
with nice light
thanks gr lou

Hello Roberto,
Nice capture with fine details and lovely colours.Very well exposed and taken from nice POV.
Best regards...Joy

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