|Copyright: Ersin UYANIK (eruyanik)
|Date Taken: 2007-06-17|
|Camera: Canon Powershot A610|
|Exposure: f/4.1, 1/640 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-07-01 8:47|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I saw the photos of this beauty lots of times, but this was the first time for me to saw it in the environment. Really an attractive one, it's interesting that this face of the wings very colourful and patterned but the other face of the medallion is quite different, it's dark brown and unostentatious. it's said that those eye liked patterns gives a fear to possible hunter birds and keep away them. I played with this one about an hour, it was nice times to me.|
i took this shot about two meters far by using 4x zoom. I got a chance to very close to it but this one with blurry bg better than the other ones.
The European peacock - or simply Peacock - (Inachis io) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe and Asia. It is the only member of the genus Inachis which is sometimes included in Nymphalis. 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.
Left hindwing ocellusThe butterfly measures about 5 cm (2 in) from wingtip to wingtip and is easily identified by its striking eye pattern on a ruddy background, although with wings closed the cryptically coloured dark underwings make it look like a dead leaf. The eyespots are reminiscent of those on the feathers of a peacock, hence the name. The eyespots are exposed when the butterfly is disturbed by a potential predator (such as birds) in an antipredator display in which the butterflies flick their wings open and make a hissing noise. The open wings create a startling display (note how a glance at the image can give the impression of a cat staring) and the effect is strong enough to deter the predator from eating it, at least for some time which the butterfly would use to escape.(Stevens 2005)
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, sallows, 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 elevation. It is a relatively common butterfly seen in many European parks and gardens.
Infos from wikipedia.
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