Kleiner Fuchs (German), Small Tortoiseshell (English) or Algais Urticae is a colorful mid-size butterfly, found in most parts of Europe and across Asia. The caterpillars feed on nettles. With intensive farming and agriculture, nettles have been reduced and butterflies like this one have been impacted. With the recent trend to have more natural meadows, the population of butterflies like this one starts growing again. I hope to see more of them this year!
Happy Flying 🙂
It reminds me somewhat of the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus):
which is indigenous to most of North America. They spend the summers in the northern latitudes and migrate to Mexico in the winter.
Their numbers have been declining over my lifetime, but they are not yet considered endangered.
Thanks for the snapshot of life in Europe.
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I remember watching a documentary about that Monarch butterfly: very, very impressive. Indeed, they both look kind of similar. I’m wondering how evolution has managed that. The colors are very beautiful.