Aglais urticae (Linnaeus, 1758) - Small Tortoiseshell.
Numerous trtoiseshells feed on the flowers of a semiaquatic plant Butomus umbellatus L. emerging from the water of an Irtysh River arm. This is the most common butterflies in Russian settlements. It is capable of far migrations and is quite often found on mountain tops, hundred km from the closest neetle (their foodplant). Here one cen see them over the water.
Range: the non-tropical Euroasia.
ssp.: urticae (Linnaeus, 1758); range: except for the Pacific islands.
An Irtysh River left arm within the city of Omsk, West Siberia, Russia. 29th July 1998. O. Kosterin