Friday, May 08, 2009

Small Tortoiseshell

This colourful butterfly is called Small Tortoiseshell. Makes me wonder where the name comes from. Caught this butterfly with my camera when I was walking around near a little river not far from where I live. It even spread its wings for me and let me take a macro shot. With my camera I have to get quiet close to take such pictures and normally butterflies fly off but this one didn't seem to mind.


June said...

There are "tortoiseshell" cats too whose coat is splotchy like this..I'm sure called so because of its resemblance to the pattern & color of some tortoise's shells. Have never heard of a dog referred to as such...they're just mutts! :-)

Kerri said...