Thursday, 10 May 2007

European Peacock (Inachis io)

Adult European Peacock (subspecies I. i. caucasica) at Geddington, Northants - July 2009

OTHER NAMES: Peacock Butterfly
Featured Subspecies: Inachis io caucasica
Length: ?
Wingspan: 50-55mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Least Concern

One of the most common species of butterfly in the UK - it is a very distinctive looking species, often found on budliah. It actually hibernates unlike many species, meaning that it'll often appear before other species. It lays its eggs on hops and nettles. The eye marks on it's wings are believed to serve as as deterant to avian predators which may mistake it for a larger animal.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus:
Inachis
SUBSPECIES: I. i. caucasica, I.i.geisha

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and numerous other sites 

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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