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Peacock butterfly

Peacock butterfly
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-04-09
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-06-22 17:55
Viewed: 1939
Points: 24
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Hello All

today i show you a EUROPEAN PEACOCK to warm up his wings in the sun

The European Peacock (Aglais io), more commonly known simply as the Peacock butterfly, is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe and temperate Asia as far east as Japan. Formerly classified as the only member of the genus Inachis (the name is derived from Greek mythology, meaning Io, the daughter of Inachus). It should not be confused or classified with the "American peacocks" in the genus Anartia; these are not close relatives of the Eurasian species. The Peacock butterfly is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring. The Peacock butterfly has figured in research where the role of eye-spots as an anti-predator mechanism has been investigated. The Peacock is expanding its range] and is not known to be threatened

The butterfly has a wingspan of 50 to 55 mm. The base-colour of the wings is a rusty red, and at each wingtip it bears a distinctive, black, blue and yellow eyespot. The underside is a cryptically coloured dark-brown or black. There are two subspecies, I. io caucasica (Jachontov, 1912) found in Azerbaijan and I. io geisha (Stichel, 1908) found in Japan and the Russian Far East.

Natural history
The Peacock can be found in woods, fields, meadows, pastures, parks, and gardens, and from lowlands up to 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) elevation. It is a relatively common butterfly seen in many European parks and gardens. The Peacock male exhibits territorial behaviour, in many cases territories being selected en route of the females to oviposition sites.
The butterfly hibernates over winter before laying its eggs in early spring, in batches of up to 400 at a time. The eggs are ribbed and olive-green in colour and laid on the upper parts, and, the undersides of leaves of nettle plants and hops. The caterpillars, which are shiny black with six rows of barbed spikes and a series of white dots on each segment, and which have a shiny black head, hatch after about a week. The chrysalis may be either grey, brown, or green in colour and may have a blackish tinge, The caterpillars grow up to 42 mm in length.
The recorded foodplants of the European Peacock are Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), Hop (Humulus lupulus), and the Small Nettle (Urtica urens).
The adult butterflies drink nectar from a wide variety of flowering plants, including buddleia, willows, dandelions, wild marjoram, danewort, hemp agrimony, and clover; they also utilize tree sap and rotten fruit.

P.S. this shot is a bit smaller, i had great problems to post it,
always it was writen "photo size must be no more than 307 200 bites", but the size was exactly the same as all the others, so a have rezised it more and more, and finally it's going, i have no idea why,

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This is apparently the most beautiful butterfly in the world, Jacqueline.
Though closely cropped, the picture is very sharp and colourful.
Thanks for sharing it.

Bonjour Jacqueline

Sa fait longtemps longtemps la dernière photo que j'avais vu de toi,
re-bienvenue dans TN, jolie photo de ce papillon avec un POV en plongé
pour montrer sa forme, tons de couleurs, et patterns, TFS


Ciao Jacqueline, great macro of fantastic butterfly, wonderful colors, foine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-06-23 1:30]

Hello Jacqueline,
Nice photo of this butterfly in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. A pity that the butterfly is not totally centered.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-06-23 1:32]

Hello Jacqueline,
A fine open-wing portrait of a Peacock butterfly with excellent colours and sharpness agaist a stone BG.
Regards Sigi

Hi Jacqueline

A bit soft, but the colours and patterns on this one are amazing.


Hello Jacqueline,
Beautiful butterfly. Well captured. I like its color as well as light. Nice POV.
Thanks for sharing,

Salut Jacqueline,magnifique capture au debut du primtemps de cette espece tres commune mais sans doutes une parmi les plus belles,une image parfaicte avec les meilleurs details et couleurs tres brillantes dans la meilleure lumiere.Belle soiree' et bonne nuit aussi,tu arrive toujours apres minuit..ehee...Luciano.

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2015-06-23 23:28]
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Hello Jacqueline.
This Peacock looks beautiful, its a wintering insect born last year and still in nice shape.
The picture is sharp with nice details and the colours are very nice.
Well done,


Bonjour Jacqueline,

Le cadrage serré met le papillon en évidence. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails du papillon Paon-du-jour. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


bonjour Jacqueline,
Jolie vue sur les ailes déployée de ce Paon.
Bonnes couleurs, dommage qu'il ne soit pas sur une fleur, le fond gris n'est pas très judicieux.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2015-07-19 9:23]

Great picture of the peacock.
Too bad that this butterfly is missing from Israel

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