|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I shot this butterfly in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, on June 9 this year. It was perched on a little heap of garbage with its wings open.|
The small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) is a colourful Eurasian butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Adults feed on nectar and may hibernate over winter; in warmer climates they may have two broods in a season. While the dorsal surface of the wings is vividly marked, the ventral surface is drab, providing camouflage. Eggs are laid on the common nettle, on which the larvae feed.
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- [2019-06-28 8:49]
Good details,beautifull colors.
Have a nice weekend
- [2019-06-28 10:24]
Hi Ram,beautiful capture of this small tortoiseshell,the italian species is a bit different,are you sure about the ID? The pic is perfect talking about sharpness and colors,well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
- [2019-06-29 12:38]
Beautiful photo of this butterfly. Good sharpness and nice natural colors.
well composed, well approached capture of this cute and very agile butterfly of the mountains.
Regarding the identification: instead of the similar looking but more brightly colored common and wide spread Aglais urticae, I might suggest to consider the Himalayan species "Aglais caschmirensis (Kollar, 1848)".
Thank you! With best whishes and greetings from the Alps to the Himalayas !