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Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae


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


This is a species often found in gardens. The caterpillars feed on stinging nettles, as do those of several Nymphalidae butterflies. It is found in temperate Europe, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Siberia, China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan.

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Fredrikstad, Østfold, Norway

Lat: 59.22, Long: 10.93

Spotted on Jun 14, 2011
Submitted on Nov 24, 2011

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