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Macro picture of Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Nymphalis urticae)

May 5th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Macro picture of Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Nymphalis urticae)
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera April 30th 2008. Click image for larger view.
Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae) butterflies has awaken from their winter hibernation and are flying around in the warm sunshine. Small Tortoiseshell is the first “day butterfly” that one can see here in Northern Norway in the spring, often on the first warm day.
They are really beautiful, don’t you think?

The Norwegian name for the Small Tortoiseshell is “Neslesommerfugl” which means Nettle Butterfly in English. The butterfly got that name because they lay eggs on nettle plants and their larvae eats nettle leaves. I have seen nettles completely covered with black Small Tortoiseshell larvae.

Check out my other insect photos here.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 70-300mm F4.0-5.6
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Tags: Butterfly · Insect · Macro · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Spring

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pentad // May 5, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Yes, they are beautiful! I’m just a little partial to the color, orange. Hehe.

  • 2 Bobbie // May 6, 2008 at 3:29 am

    I love butterflies. They’re like flying flowers. This sure is a pretty one.

  • 3 Alison // May 6, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Lovely, they’re such great subjects for photography.

  • 4 elaine // May 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Me too, I love butterflies. Very nice shot!

  • 5 Jeff // May 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Show how little I know about Norway.. (I was there 10 yrs ago) but I didn’t even know you had much in the way of butterflies.. And he is a lovely specimen..

  • 6 Miss Mae // May 11, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Beautiful photo!


  • 7 Mark // May 12, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Lovely photo we have noticed a few butterflies around lately as we are having a hot spell here in the UK.

  • 8 RennyBA // May 13, 2008 at 8:32 am

    What a beautiful picture and a lovely proof of spring in Norway – good to see the nature our of hibernation!

  • 9 Book Calendar // May 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I like the orange and brown mix on the wings. Your macro pictures of insects are wonderful.