Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae – There are a few of these butterflies around at the moment but they are always on the move. I got lucky with this one. One of my favourite butterflies. Double-click on image to enlarge.

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae

© Peter Hillman ♦ 14th April 2020 ♦ Local field, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

26 thoughts on “Small Tortoiseshell

    1. Thank you, Mike 🙂 Sometimes you get lucky. Yesterday I though I got it down to a ‘T’ with photographing, hunkering down low, almost to their level. Now today that didn’t work at all, lol! 🙂


  1. Beautiful picture! I like them too. I often saw them in my childhood, but unfortunately I don’t see them anymore or very seldom. Nice to see it here!

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  2. This one is new to me too, though there are several in northern Minnesota in the summer and fall with very similar colors, though the markings are, of course, quite different and distinct. This is certainly a pretty one!

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    1. I have seen quite a number of these lately in the garden and in the fields, so that is hopefully a good sign that there numbers will increase.


  3. What great colors! A beautiful reminder of your childhood that you can cherish always. I love that! Nice work Pete!

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