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Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-200L + ext. tubeKenko 36mm, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-29 14:00
Viewed: 2645
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis 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.
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 their 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.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-07-29 14:12]

Hello Pawel.
A beautiful and very well taken picture.
Crispy sharpness, accurate POV and nice diagonal pose.
Great work.

Hello Pawel,
Excellent colours and very fine focus, showing all the details of this beautiful, if familiar, butterfly. Thanks.

Hello Pawel,

Excellent colours, good composition and nice PoV.

Thanks for sharing!

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-29 21:57]

Hello Pawel
Wonderful butterfly with vivid colors, and you capture it with perfect focus and great details

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-29 22:23]

Hello Pawel,
An excellent portrait of A. urticae, taken from an ideal POV with fine sharpness and colours to display its open wings in a superb composition againat a pleasing natural Bg.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-29 23:44]

Hola amigo,
bonito trabajo,
atractivos colores y encuadre...
espléndida iluminación.

Hello Pawel,
a wonderful picture of the Small Tortoiseshell taken from an excellent POV with good sharpness and marvellous vivid colours, very nice diagonal composition.
Best regards

Hi Pawel
Excellent shot of this Small Tortoiseshell. Unfortunately the population in the UK has declined massively. This is because of a parasitoid fly Sturmia bella. On a recent walk I saw so many Painted Ladies, Peacocks, Red Admirals and Commas - but not one Small Tortoiseshell!
This is a perfect specimen and you have captured the stunning colours well.
Kind Regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-30 0:44]

Hello Pawel,
What a wonderful clear colours in this photo. Superb sharpness and details. Very good diagonal composition, DOF and POV. Nice OOF BG.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-07-30 1:03]

Czesc Pawel!

Bardzo ladne zdjecie rusalki. Nasycone kolory, dobra kompozycja i ostrosc. Swiezy egzemplarz - jeszcze nie zdazyl uszkodzic skrzydelek.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-30 1:27]

Very good macro with good details, exceptional colors!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-30 4:33]

Slav Pawel,
Wonderful capture with excellent sharpness and splendid light and colors.I like very much.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Pawel,

An excellent capture with brilliant colors, sharpness & details. Well done & TFS.



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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-07-30 7:46]

Colors, details, all!

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-30 9:03]

Hi Pawel,surely the butterfly of the day on TN! What a impressive beauty! The colors are warm and richs,the pov is the best as possible,the sharpness too is impressive.Today 2 points are not enough,very very professional work.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Eye-popping colours and sharpness in this attractive composition of a freshly emerged small tortoiseshell. Nice work!
Regards, Nigel.

Hi Pawel,

what an good picture from this beautiful butterfly.
Good pov and details.
Fine colours.


hello Pawel!
very sharp capture of vanessa urticae
i like strong colors and composition

greeting sERGIO

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