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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:04    Image of day on 02 Sep 2009

The extremely dark underwing and dazzling top wing of this Peacock Butterfly make an incredible contrast.

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Image Taken on 07 Apr 2015 at 12:36    Image of day on 23 May 2015

A few warm days has woken the over-wintering butterflies. An almost perfect over-wintered peacock Butterfly is sunning itself on last autumns fallen leaves. This insect is about 6 months old so it must have 'hibernated' very soon after emergence, and found a really protected spot.

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Image of day on 04 Aug 2005

A freshly emerged Peacock butterfly sunning itself on a blackberry leaf.

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Image Taken on 13 Apr 2016 at 10:42    Image of day on 18 May 2016

We found this Peacock butterfly (left) feeding on some Blackthorn flowers. This is the only frame we got because movement for a 'better angle' scared it away. Turning round the mind said 'oh there it is' before realising that the newly found item was a leaf we think is remarkably like the butterfly. Although this butterfly's marking are primarily intended to startle predators, it is worth remembering that what humans may think of as poor camouflage may actually be quite effective.

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Image Taken on 30 Mar 2019 at 09:08    Image of day on 01 May 2019

A Peacock Butterfly in quite good condition considering that it has spent 6 months holed up in a shed or something.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2017 at 16:16    Image of day on 17 Sep 2017

A Peacock Butterfly on the Buddleia flowers that grow up through the tangled Blackberries each year.

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006 at 15:03    Image of day on 20 Apr 2006

For us Spring 'sprung' on 14 April 2006 - warm and sunny, blossom and insects everywhere. Lets start with this peacock butterfly sunning itself on a daffodil.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2008 at 13:42    Image of day on 08 Sep 2008

Apparently our plethora of peacock butterflies is not typical this year. This one was basking on a mat of thistle seed down on the ground.

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Image of day on 12 Aug 2005

A Peacock Butterfly yet to encounter bramble thorns, bird pecks and other ravages of life.

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Image Taken on 01 Apr 2012 at 16:15    Image of day on 02 May 2012

This Peacock butterfly will have overwintered and will hope to pair up with another hibernator to lay this years eggs.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2020 at 16:13    Image of day on 26 Aug 2020

A Peacock Butterfly spreads their wings in the soft sunshine.

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Image Taken on 18 Apr 2007 at 17:46    Image of day on 07 May 2007

The plant 'Self-Heal' has gone rampant this year. The Peacock Butterfly (which will have hibernated away the winter) has a welcome feed.

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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2006 at 17:35    Image of day on 06 Aug 2006

Peacock butterflies are very common but beautiful nonetheless.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2006 at 18:09    Image of day on 31 Jul 2006

Teasels are all over the place and attract all sort of nectar feeders.

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2020 at 12:18    Image of day on 18 Aug 2020

A Peacock Butterfly enjoying a Thistle flower

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2016 at 13:19    Image of day on 22 May 2016

A peacock Butterfly contrasting itself with the brilliant yellow of a cultivated Daffodil. The butterfly is in good condition considering that it will have spent the winter somewhere safe while waiting for the Spring!

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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2017 at 14:38    Image of day on 01 Oct 2017

A Peacock Butterfly sunning itself on the clover.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 17:41    Image of day on 27 Sep 2014

Here on a Buddleia this Peacock Butterfly has it's proboscis clearly down the centre of one of the florets. The Proboscis is a figure of 8 cross-section which stops it getting in a tangle when it rolls it up.

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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2015 at 17:53    Image of day on 25 Sep 2015

This Peacock Butterfly has it's proboscis clearly inside the solitary remaining flower at the top of this teasel head.

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Image Taken on 29 Mar 2014 at 11:00    Image of day on 11 May 2014

A welcome but very tatty Peacock Butterfly, awake after hibernating through the winter, ready to do the all important business of making a new generation.

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