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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 10:16    Image of day on 27 Sep 2014

2014 has been a good year for Peacock butterflies, with at least 20 feeding in the meadow on sunny days.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 10:15    Image of day on 27 Sep 2014

The Peacock butterflies also feed en-masse on Teasel flowers. Here are 2 sharing either side of a single Teasel head.

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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2023 at 12:56    Image of day on 16 Sep 2023

We had begun to think that this year was a disaster for our normally healthy population of Peacock Butterflies, but suddenly there a 'a few' about.
The early start of the season seems to have had quite the opposite effect here on this species.

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Image Taken on 22 Mar 2022 at 13:06    Image of day on 22 Apr 2022

Peacock Butterflies have emerged from their winter torpor and need to get going with mating to get the next generation underway.

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Image Taken on 22 Mar 2022 at 13:07    Image of day on 22 Apr 2022

Peacock Butterflies have almost black underside to their wings. You can just see the tip of the top of the wing at the left of the lower insect. They flew into impenetrable brambles before we could see them actually mating.

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Image Taken on 22 Mar 2023 at 10:53    Image of day on 28 Apr 2023

An overwintered Peacock Butterfly is enjoying some of the early blossom. The wings are a bit tatty from what looks like multiple bird pecks, but that won't stop this butterfly completing their life cycle to make eggs for the next generation. Its a fragile existence isn't it?

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2011 at 10:12    Image of day on 01 Sep 2011

This Peacock butterfly was repeatedly irritated by the hover-flies and kept flicking it's wings when they got close.

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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2022 at 08:03    Image of day on 03 Sep 2022

This was at 8 a.m. on the first day of the heat-wave - the morning was already pleasantly warm - a portent of the events to come. Many of the normally mid-day visitors were already out making the most of this atypical weather. Here a Peacock Butterfly has the proboscis in a flower hidden by the one closest to the camera.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2017 at 12:40    Image of day on 05 Sep 2017

A few Peacock butterflies are appearing - most of the butterflies share our proliferation of flowering teasels. The underside of the wings nearest to us is in fact very dark, but the sunlight is showing us the pattern on the top of same wings shining through.

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Image Taken on 04 Apr 2021 at 15:43    Image of day on 03 May 2021

This Peacock Butterfly awake after overwintering is in quite good condition for a 6 month hibernation. Nevertheless she has some bird peck damage to the left wing.

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Image Taken on 15 Apr 2009 at 15:11    Image of day on 12 May 2009

This Peacock butterfly has overwintered in remarkably good condition & decorates the cherry blossom, or is it vice-versa.

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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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