Tortoiseshell Butterfly gallery, British nature & wildlife photography artwork, prints & downloads - Katey Jane Photography

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    Purchasing Info

    UK Free Delivery but please contact for postage prices and details for EU and beyond.

    Pay by PayPal or by debit, credit Card through PayPal for my prints under each image.

    For digital downloads, these are handled through the BUY button.

    All deliveries are insured, paper only prints posted in tubes or flat packed if  available.

    All photographs are printed to order and can take around 7 days, Please note I run my whole business myself.

    Alternatively if you find a print you like, copy and paste the URL of the image and use the contact form or email janeandrews805@yahoo.com or call me on 07951635142 if you wish to go over the print in detail.

    Photographs printed on high quality Canon luster or standard glossy paper, using Canons high quality photographic inks.


    Digital downloads

    With a range of sizes with commercial and personal use licenses, these are available through the BUY buttons only (not my add to cart buttons under the photos) for website use and more.


    Framed Photographs

    Two sizes or frames available, A3 plus size 25.5 x 19 & A4  16 X 10 all full size edge to edge of the outside frames with safety or standard glass read to hang for large frames and A4 can be wall mount or stand, with photograph details, place or subject on the back. these are stock bought so are mostly MDF black or white frames.

    Restored frames, I take old frames and give them a new life, can keep plain, wax or paint, please keep an eye on the restored frame posts (coming soon)

    All frames are sealed with gummed tape.


    Mounted Photographs

    Card mounts normally black but other colours available on request, they use the same colour backing board, are Bevel Cut with a single aperture high quality Daler Rowney or similar Mountboard acid free, with details of the photograph, place or subject(s).


    Photograph only

    Photographs can be bought without mounts or frames, as advertised under each photo, for other sizes please contact for details.

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    Artwork Care

    Sizes shown are paper only for full size when framed or mounted please contact. 

    Care of Photograph: To be treated as a photograph.

    Do not hang or place in intense sunlight and keep dry.

    For commercial wall art or commercial premises use please contact as I may have a one of frame you may like.

    On call photo service

    •Agricultural shoots

    •Architecture shoots

    •Housing     

    Photos shoots from around Cambridgeshire & Wisbech areas, wanting photos for estate agency? i do those too!

    Call for details on 07951635142.


    Old photo restoration

    Got any old photos that needs restoring? I restore damaged, faded and turn slides and negaitives into normal photos, want more info please View My Photo Restoration Page HERE please use your browser back button to return to this page

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    •Full information within each gallery

    •Note watermarks are inplace to protect my work and are removed automatically after purchase.

    •Images are not to be copied and used to paint, draw or any other art form, all images are under full copyright.

British Tortoiseshell Butterflies

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    It is a medium-sized butterfly that is mainly reddish orange, with black and yellow markings on the forewings as well as a ring of blue spots around the edge of the wings. It has a wingspan ranging from 4.5–6.2 cm.

    As with several nymphalid butterflies, the caterpillars feed on stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) and small nettle (Urtica urens). Adults feed on nectar. The species has one of the longest seasons of any Eurasian butterfly, extending from early spring to late autumn. Adults overwinter in hibernation, emerging on the first warm sunny days of the year to mate and breed. In southern parts of the range there may be two broods each year, but northern insects are inhibited by long length of summer days from breeding a second time.

    The small tortoiseshell butterfly tends to enter hibernation by mid to late September. Typically this butterfly will try to hibernate in dark sheltered locations. Because of this hibernation, they need to accumulate a lot of fat to survive the winter. The tortoiseshell needs at least 20% of its body weight in lipids in order to survive, making them much slower. Towards the end of their foraging for hibernation, they are much more susceptible to attacks by birds because of their low muscle to body mass ratio. During the first few weeks of hibernation, tortoiseshell butterflies are very susceptible to predator attacks. Up to 50% of the population hibernating in any given area can be eaten. The butterflies that hibernate in areas containing more light, and that are accessible to rodents who can climb, are the most susceptible to this type of predation. During hibernation tortoiseshell butterflies are able to supercool in order to keep from freezing. In sheltered areas, these butterflies can stand up to −21 degrees Celsius without freezing. However, they experience rapid weight loss during unusually mild winters

    Tortoiseshell butterflies usually began to emerge from their pupa from mid-June into August. They began hibernation sometime in October and immediately show territorial behaviour after hibernation. The tortoiseshell butterflies that are found in the north usually have one brood a season, whereas further south these butterflies can have two broods. The ability to go through three generations of butterflies in a year is due to the tortoiseshell butterflies' decreased thermal requirement. The larvae of this butterfly are social. These larvae can be found on Urtica dioica, which have a high nitrogen content and lots of water in the leaves.

    Please make sure you give our wonderful insects a home, all they need is a few wildflowers or garden center flowers that's bug friendly. A small patch in your garden left to nature will help them. Don't let our nature become history!

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