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Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticae

By 213hardy      
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.

All C&Cs welcome

Thanks for looking

Den

Tags: General Butterfly Flowers and plants Tortoiseshell Wildlife and nature

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WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
11 Oct 2012 6:39AM
Colourful capture, Den.

Dave

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