The Living Forest (160) : Small Tortoiseshell

The Living Forest (160) : Small Tortoiseshell

Mark Billiau.

Premium (World), region Antwerp, Belgium

The Living Forest (160) : Small Tortoiseshell

The Small Tortoiseshell is a real little beauty with a wonderful patterning.

The species is usually around from march to october and has 2 to 3 broods in a year.
However, this butterfly shows great fluctuations from year to year because its presence depends on the status of the Common Wasp in that particular period, as that wasp is known to feed on the Tortoiseshell's pupae.

Dutch name : Kleine Vos
German name : Kleiner Fuchs
Latin name : Aglais urticae

Comments 40

  • ev@w. 16/03/2014 12:26

    eine ganz excellente macro-aufnahme...!!
    sie schauen noch so "jung" und unverletzt aus !
    in bester bild-Quality und schöner Bildgestaltung hier von dir präsentiert !!
    many greetings
  • Gilbert13 24/06/2013 14:14

    I love it, Mark, I post a picture and then I get an answer from you with an absolute great picture - incredible the colors and so much fun to see them. BW Gilbert
  • Jolly M. 05/03/2012 20:39

    Klasse die Schärfe und herrlich die Farben.
    Ein wunderbares Makro.
    LG Jolly
  • NaturDahlhausen 28/01/2012 13:26

    Klasse Makro mit toller Schärfe und wunderschönen Farben
  • ivan b. carmo 02/12/2011 12:51

    She is gorgeous, very well captured. with fine composition.
  • carinart 08/09/2011 11:43

    Wie immer ein herrliches Foto, scharf, bunt und bestens präsentiert!
    L.G. Karin
  • Fons van Swaal 07/09/2011 19:02

    Guess a missed a few images....
    Excellent as always...
    Best regards,
  • TeresaM 07/09/2011 15:26

    Une capture d'une beauté fantastique !
    Superbe vision, comme toujours, Mark.
  • Nordeifeler 07/09/2011 11:44

    Hi..Tolles Foto..Schärfe,Farben alles bestens!!!!!
    ich grüße dich ..Kai..
  • Gaby Falkenberg 07/09/2011 11:28

    In seiner ganzen Pracht kommt der schöne Schmetterling hier zur Geltung,top die Schärfe und das Licht.
  • Angelika Ritter 07/09/2011 7:16

    very nice captured.
    like the different colours.
    lg angie
  • Lawson McCulloch 06/09/2011 22:10

    Superb detail alongside these beautiful colours giving a wonderful shot Mark.
    best wishes from Lawson.
  • Majid mehraban 06/09/2011 11:20

  • Adele Oliver 06/09/2011 3:49

    What a splendid butterfly - fantstic patterns and colours in her wings ... so great to be able to appreciate her so closely as she sits on the heather. Perfect capture !!!
    cheers, Adele
  • willy ombret 05/09/2011 22:13

    une photo macro superbe
    excellentes couleurs
    très belle photo
    willy ombret