Look Who Was Hiding in my Fireclay Bricks

Today was a blade quenching day because according to the weather forecast, it might have been the only sunny day in a while. Luckily, I have managed to finish a batch of 8 blades to a sufficient state for hardening so I set out to do it first thing in the morning. And when I was taking fireclay bricks – not for fireplace, just to hold the quenching oil receptacle upright and steady – this fellow was hiding from yesterdays deluge in a crack. It got lucky I did not squish it flat when taking the bricks.

When I put it in the sun, it has spread its wings, soaked in some warmth, and buggered off pronto so I only managed to snap one picture with my phone. But it came out quite well, I think.

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It is small tortoiseshell Aglais urticae. These beauties justify the existence of stinging nettles.


  1. Ice Swimmer says

    It’s an ubiquitous beauty here, the best consequence of people peeing outdoors while drunk (which makes nettles grow and thus feeds the larvae of these critters).

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