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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2013 at 10:46    Image of day on 07 Jun 2013

So far only the peacock butterfly has settled on the flowers long enough to capture any images. This one is in a reasonable state considering that it has been hibernating all winter.

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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2013 at 10:48    Image of day on 07 Jun 2013

The bland blue sky may suggest a 'studio shot' but this lovely peacock butterfly (who will have been in hibernation all winter) was most definitely enjoying the cherry tree blossom out in the 'wild'

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2013 at 12:13    Image of day on 13 Sep 2013

We have a lot of Ragwort in flower this year (and we will cut most of the heads before they seed to prevent it taking over!). Despite the plant being poisonous to some animals, the flowers obviously deliver thoroughly palatable nectar to this Peacock butterfly.

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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2019 at 12:15    Image of day on 17 Sep 2019

A Teasel Flower-head attracts this Peacock Butterfly.

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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2021 at 10:53    Image of day on 21 Sep 2021

A Peacock butterfly has his Elevenses on a teasel head. You can just see specks of pollen adhering to his double pipe proboscis.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2018 at 11:20    Image of day on 04 Sep 2018

Hover-fly, Peacock Butterfly, and a Soldier Beetle all caught by chance in the same frame.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 13:14    Image of day on 04 Oct 2015

We have always found Peacock butterflies really hard to photograph well - they always look brighter in real life than in a photo (film or digital). Certainly the bottom of the wing is very dark. Here is an in-flight impression, both images showing the colourful top side of the wings, and the almost black bottom

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Image of day on 29 Mar 2005

Peacock butterflies hibernate, so this one is in remarkably good condition for a 6 month old insect.

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Image Taken on 07 Apr 2020 at 14:45    Image of day on 19 Apr 2020

This over-wintered Peacock Butterfly, in remarkably good condition, feeding of a cherry blossom flower.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 15:34    Image of day on 11 Sep 2012

Peacock butterflies have always (for us over 40 years) been a difficult subject for in-flight photographs because they are very dark despite the splashes of bright colour. This one was netted on Buddleia.

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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2012 at 13:23    Image of day on 11 Sep 2012

Peacock butterflies have always (for us over 40 years) been a difficult subject for in-flight photographs because they are very dark despite the splashes of bright colour. This one was netted on a teasel flower head - a fascinating plant to watch flower.

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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 18 May 2022 at 12:37    Image of day on 30 Jun 2022

A Peacock Butterfly feeding on a Buttercup almost entirely hidden by the insect. On the adjacent Buttercup we see two female Thick-legged Flower Beetles. The females don't have the characteristic legs bulges that give the species their name.

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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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