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Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae


Small Tortoiseshell on dandelion


Open fields and gardens


This beautiful butterfly is common in my “backyard”, the Swiss Prealps, as well as in all of temperate Europe. While the underwings are uninteresting, when opened the butterfly displays a striking array of colours, including a row of blue triangles on the rear edge. These are emerging now and are about the first butterflies seen in spring.

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Châtel-Saint-Denis, Fribourg - Freiburg, Switzerland

Spotted on Jun 6, 2010
Submitted on Apr 17, 2011

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