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Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae


Medium sized butterfly (about 5 to 6 cm wingspan) with all orange appearance, belonging to family Nymphalidae. On a closer view, there is a range of blue spots, bordered in brown, on wing edges; and a range of dark brown and yellow markings on forewings.


This is a common Eurasian species, and very common in our area (pays de Gex; the area between Jura Mountain range and lake Leman). This one seen on slopes of Jura mountain in protected area. Alpine environment, mixed but predominantly coniferous forest.


I was very surprised to see this fella disappear from the eye of my camera in a heartbeat... only to discover it perfectly camouflaged and sitting quietly on that scorched moss (photos 3, 4 and 5)

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Jun 4, 2015
Submitted on Nov 7, 2016

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