Monday, 23 March 2015

Small Tortoiseshell

I found this Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) on a cherry tree this morning in the Parkland. In fact I didn't expect to see any butterflies as the temperature was not really warm enough. High up in the tree it was not moving from that spot as it was enjoying the limited warmth from the sun on what was a cool morning. Having recently emerged from hibernation this is likely to be a male as it will habitually bask in the sun in the morning and look for females in the afternoon.
The male is smaller than the female, 50mm as opposed to 56mm.

1/640 at f8.  400mm.  ISO200





26 comments:

  1. He's in relatively good nick too! I'm still drawing a butterfly blank alas, although as with you the blossom is calling in the honey bees

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  2. Lovley ,i can feel sprintime ,Nette

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    1. Thanks Nette, yes it has arrived.{:))

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  3. Hi Roy
    The last picture is very great !!!!
    Hugs

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  4. Hey Roy... Sigh* I can only wait to see such a sight here. Just beautiful shots of this butterfly, and the setting with the cherry blooms and blue sky...very nice! : )

    Grace

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  5. Lovely pictures of the Tortoiseshell butterfly, lovely to see them again, I hope they will have a good year :-)

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  6. Nice butterflies! How do you get them so early in the season? We don't see many til June.

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    1. Thanks FG.
      We start to get butterflies during March from Hibernation.

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  7. Lovely shots, still waiting...even the blossom is taking it's time to come out round here.
    Amanda xx

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  8. He's a beautiful butterfly!!!
    Please come share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/03/springtime-at-last.html

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  9. What a beautiful sight. Envious of that cherry blossom, you are miles ahead of here! :-)

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    1. Thanks Mandy. Its not all good as we have had a few cold days now.

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  10. So, that's very early that you can photograph eenkleien fox. In the Netherlands, I have not seen this yet. Beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thanks Helma. I would expect to see this as one of the first.

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  11. Quite remarkable all these images, Roy!
    I love the perspectives of these images... and the combination of colors is stunning...

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    1. Thanks Ana. I was lucky to get them like that.

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