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Aglais uticae

Aglais uticae
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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: 2012-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-14 23:52
Viewed: 1928
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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bellissima ripresa per questa farfalla, molto belli i colori e i dettagli,come anche la compo, personalmente avrei scelto di clonare il filo che taglia angolo basso dx,

ciao e buona giornata ti auguro Roberto,


beautiful composition. good details. tfs

Hi Roberto

Fantastic shot of this beautiful butterfly. A great specimen, full of colour and expertly captured. Great sharpness


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-15 6:44]

Hello Roberto,
Very beautiful photo of this butterfly in great sharpness and details, as usual. Very nice colours and an attractive composition.

hello Roberto
super good sharpness composition with great details
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

Hello Roberto,
Impressive photo with excellent contrast against the green background. It is a interesting image taken from a very nice POV. I love the fantastic focus. The details and colors are great.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-05-15 9:46]

Hello Roberto,
Impressive composition, excellent colours, very good sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Roberto,
another nice colours. Perfect composition. Very good sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Roberto,
what a nice picture of this beautiful butterfly with great sharpness and colour. very nice picture,
best wishes

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-15 10:25]

Hello Roberto.
Lovely closeup.Very good light and detail. Stunning bright colours and lovely wing pattern. Nicely compsoed. TFS.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Roberto, bella fresca di nuova generazione, colori fantastici, splendida nitidezza e ottimi dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Roberto,
questa si vede che appartiene alla nuova generazione, Ŕ perfetta e alla massima intensitÓ di colore,
bella la composizione che hai scelto il verde mette in risalto i colori delle farfalla.
Bravo e complimenti!

Buona serata

per la mia zona Ŕ ancora presto per le nuove generazioni.

Hello Roberto,

An excellent capture with beautiful colors, sharpness & details. Great composition & very nicely presented.

Well done & TFS...MF!

Regards & best wishes!


Great photo Roberto! Excellent composition and fantastic soft colours. The sharpness is impressive!

splendida aglais urticae ambientata,Roby
la tua zona mi sembra molto viva con varie
specie....da me poche e tante licenidi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-16 14:35]

Non facile vederle ancora in giro a Maggio,di solito sono le prime ad uscire,foto eccellente come sempre,bella idea la decentratura.Buona giornata,Luciano

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