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Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticae

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Took this a while back but for some reason it got over looked.

One of the commoner garden butterflies throughout the UK, the small tortoiseshell is bright orange and black with a row of blue crescents around the wing edges. Underneath, they are camouflaged dark grey and brown. Adults emerge from hibernation on the first warm spring days and look for mates.

Females usually lay their eggs on tender, young stinging nettles in batches of 60 to 100. Caterpillars hatch after about 10 days and spin a dense web over the plantís growing tip. The caterpillars live communally for most of their lives, dispersing to pupate. Adults often hibernate in houses, outbuildings and sheds.

Caterpillars are bristly and black with two discontinuous yellow lines along their sides. Their bright colours warn predators that they are poisonous.

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Thanks for looking


Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm 4.5-5.6G ED Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Aug 2012 - 11:42 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticae
Username:213hardy 213hardy
Uploaded:11 Oct 2012 - 5:33 AM
Tags:Butterfly, Flowers & plants, General, Tortoiseshell, Wildlife / nature
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WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51390 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 6:39 AM

Colourful capture, Den.


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