Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) on a Dandelion

Chris Monks

Warrington, United Kingdom

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The Small Tortoiseshell is one of the most widespread Butterflies in the British Isles but has suffered a large decline in recent years due to either the vagaries of the weather or attack from a parasitic fly. Its caterpillars feed on Nettles.

The bright orangey-red colour acts as a sign it is unpalatable to birds so practicality along with beauty is the order of the day.

This specimen was taken at Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve is North Norfolk in England. Happily there were several others flitting about when we were there.

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