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Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae


This common but striking butterfly has orange wings with black, yellow and white markings, and shows a row of blue triangles on the outer margins. The underwing is mostly brown, making for great camouflage. Threatened individuals can rapidly open their wings and scare birds away with a display of colors.


A garden planted with lavender, alt. 1300 m ASL. This species is found throughout temperate Europe, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Siberia, China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan.


This butterfly occurs in one to three yearly broods depending on the climate, and can be seen on the wing till the end of October. Late in the season its colors are very washed out. It hibernates to reappear in March/April.

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DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks everyone!

KrantiAzad 11 years ago

very nice !!

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 11 years ago

You're very welcome! :)
Wish you luck with the big one too! :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago


DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks sintija.valucka!

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 11 years ago

Small Tortoiseshell is also a very beautiful butterfly! :))

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Satyen! I now won't see those again till March. Many of the hibernating ones will actually get eaten by spiders...

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Wow! One beautiful and tough butterfly.

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Спасибо, Ирина!

IrinaSh 11 years ago

Красивый снимок,Daniele!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Alice! I hope you can, many insects love it.

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

How pretty, maybe I can grow Lavender in Indiana.

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you Carol!

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago


Spotted by

Bern - Berne, Switzerland

Spotted on Aug 8, 2012
Submitted on Oct 24, 2012

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