Aglais urticae (Small Tortoiseshell / Kleine vos) is a well-known colourful Nymphalidae butterfly. The upper side of the wings is striking, with red and yellow and a row of blue dots around the rear edge (too bad the blue is not in the color-scheme). The undersides of the wings are dull, which helps to conceal stationary or hibernating individuals. When threatened however, resting individuals rapidly open their wings, presenting the dramatic display of colors to frighten away young or inexperienced birds.
Image: Ripsdorf (DE) - 02/07/2010
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