|Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan)
|Date Taken: 2018-09-09|
|Camera: NIKON D810|
|Exposure: f/9.0, 1/2500 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2018-09-26 12:36|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|EUROPEAN PEACOCK (INACHIS IO)|
The European Peacock (Inachis io), more commonly known simply as the Peacock butterfly, is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe, temperate Asia as far east as Japan. It is 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 present 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 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 eye-spot.
The caterpillars grow up to 42 mm in length.The butterfly hibernates over winter before laying its eggs in early spring, in batches of up to 500 at a time. The caterpillars, which are shiny black with six rows of barbed spikes and a series of white dots on each segment, hatch after about a week and feed on nettles and hops.
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.
The Peacock can be found in woods, fields, meadows, pastures, parks, and gardens, and from lowlands up to 8,200 feet (2,500 m) elevation. It is a relatively common butterfly seen in many European parks and gardens.
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- [2018-09-26 13:12]
Hi Marius,very artistic composition showing this peacock of the new generation with its bright and fresh colors and with not damnaged wings too,i like the large view of the composition on the field of Medicago sativa too,the most attractive flowers for the butterflies. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
- [2018-09-28 11:01]
What a beautiful butterfly in a great picture. beautifull colors!
Beautiful European Peacock butterfly. I like its color. Perfect background as usual for sych 🦋 picture.
Thanks for sharing,
- [2018-09-30 11:15]
Indeed an interesting and striking butterfly which looks well against the faded background. The pattern looks like the face of a sort of owl. Excellent picture.