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Two Faces of Tortoiseshell

Two Faces of Tortoiseshell
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Direitos de Autor: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4308 W: 231 N: 13980] (56305)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2007-08-18
Categorias: Insects
Câmara: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposição: f/6.3, 1/400 segundos
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2007-09-20 7:01
Visto: 3030
Pontos: 30
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Friends, I shot this Small Indian Tortoiseshell (identified by Ulla as Nymphalis kaschmirensis)flitting around on a dirt road at my native place in Himachal Pradesh one sunny afternoon. Unfortunately, dirt roads don't make good backgrounds!
I was able to capture single shots of both sides of its wings on the same spot before it flew away beyond my reach. Hope you find this double view interesting. As you can notice, the underside of its wings is unattractive -- almost ugly! No wonder it uses this side most of the time to keep predators away.
Since there is hardy a word available on the Indian Tortoiseshell on the web by way of detailed information, I would stick to the description of European Small Tortoiseshell borrowed from Wikipedia:

The Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe. There are a few records from New York City which, however, are believed to have arrived human-assisted.

This is a species often found in gardens. The caterpillars feed on nettles, as do those of several Nymphalidae butterflies.

The adult is striking, with its dark body and red and yellow wings, which have a row of blue dots around the rear edge. However, the underwings are dull, which helps to conceal stationary or hibernating individuals. When threatened, resting individuals rapidly open their wings, presenting the dramatic display of colors. This can frighten away young or inexperienced birds (Stevens 2005).

The butterfly is abundant in most areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland. However, its availability often varies yearly. Its commonness may often depend on the status of the common wasp in that particular season, as the wasp is known to feed on the Tortoiseshell's pupae.

The Corsican Small Tortoiseshell Nymphalis (urticae) ichnusa looks very similar; whether it is a subspecies or a distinct species is yet to be determined.

Thanks for looking and good day to all of you.

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Hello Ram
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect focusing,lighting and compo in Both:-)
Nice collage,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hi Ram,
Nice showing both side of this Small Tortoiseshell. Markings and colors are completely different. These two pictures give a perspective. Very well done.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-20 7:36]

Fascinating to see the difference between the topside and the underside
Great comparison, superb colours and details

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-09-20 7:44]

Hello Ram,
This is a wonderful presentation of two very sharp and beautiful shots of the Indian Tortoiseshell (Aglais cashmirensis)!! It's different from our Tortoiseshell! It looks like a very fresh speciment in beautiful colours and the details are very sharp in both. Very well done! and interesting
species!! (Useful site: -http://www.nerdybirders.com/html/butterflies/butterflies.html)
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-09-20 7:49]

Hello Ram,
Dirt road or not, this is an excellent capture of an Indian Small Tortoiseshell, a new species for me. Ulla drew my attention to this fine shot of yours. It differs mainly from the European by the grey border outside the orange on both wings. The underside is also a little more streaked.
Technical quality is excellent and I am grateful that you shared this one on TN.
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Ram,
This is one of my favorite butterfly, but in my country, this species are very rare and I didn't see one by naked eyes in the field so far. :-)
Beautiful colours and details, OOF is also great.
Best regards,

Once in a while I appreciate this type of presentation to come along and break the monotony. In your case a well balance pair of shots with neither dominating. And using the technique as a teaching tool as well. Professional quality to this shot Ram. Fine my friend!

Ramthakur, Wow! I have never seen this butterfly. So beautiful and colorful. Nothing escapes your lens. Great picture.
- Murali Santhanam

Hi Ram,
You've made a great job presenting us this great arrangement of this tortoiseshell.
I like so much the vivid colours seen on its inner side, you caught it with a very good light and exposure settings.
And the other view complements so well the appearance of the insect.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-20 13:12]

Hi Ram,
A complete document to see boths side of the wings. Colors are nice!
TFS, José M.

hello mr thakur,
nice compilation of thwo shot of Small Indian Tortoiseshell , this species looks very beautiful and i have never seen it here, both the pov offer good details about the butterfly,
well done,
tfs & regards

Nice picture story.

Hi Ram, thanks for show both face of this splendid butterfly, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hi Mr. Ram,
A beautiful collage of this exotic butterfly completely new to me. Nice details and composition in both the captures. Nice informative notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6147 W: 89 N: 15271] (63916)
  • [2007-10-26 7:19]

very nice work,inside and dowside the wings !!1 thanks for share,Luciano

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