Peacock (Inachis io)

Peacock (Inachis io)
Originally uploaded by Peter Orchard
Despite the lovely summer weather so far we have seen very few butterflies, especially in the garden so the arrival, albeit briefly today, of a Peacock we hope as the herald of more to come.

July and August sees the emergence of several species and August is generally the best month in our garden.

The larvae from the broods laid by overwintering hibernating insects are beginning to hatch now and the Peacock should, we hope, be a common sight now right through until October, perhaps even beyond.

The food plant for the larvae of the Peacock is the Common Nettle but the adults will nectar at any suitable flower including thistles and knapweeds.

The Peacock is a very common butterfly in Dorset and can be seen in grassy habitats everywhere including gardens,hedgerows, woodland rides and glades, as well as on our chalk downlands and cliffs.

The Peacock is very often the first butterfly of the year as the do hibernate and ca

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