Monday, 17 February 2014

Peacock Butterfly

As testament to how unseasonal our weather has been this winter - I was startled as he/she flew past me.
Peacock butterfly
Aglais io
I ran back indoors like a madwoman hoping not too miss a photo opportunity.  I sat around for a good while before it reappeared and settled here basking in the sun. 

Of course it had to choose to settle beside a big dollop of bird pooh!



Off into the undergrowth next door it crawled!

These butterflies are widely distributed around the UK and will awake from hibernation in warm weather.  However, it was rather cold, miserable and wet today.  I do hope it found somewhere safe to go. 

17 comments:

  1. I was like a mad woman the other day when a bee flew past me in the garden. I'm glad I'm not alone.

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  2. Nooooo ! Too soon, too soon. It's going to die .... Can't you find it and tuck it under a nice warm duvet for a couple of months !!

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  3. I saw a Peacock butterfly out a month ago. What on earth was it doing in the middle of January? It is so sad that they are doomed to die. But then how long do they live in summer? I believe it is only a few weeks. They are so beautiful.

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  4. Sheesh! It's been a mild winter this year in ol' Blighty....but not that mild.

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  5. Now that is seriously and worryingly early Angie. This winter will like the previous one be most confusing and challenging for all our wildlife :(

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  6. I've never seen one of these, and didn't even notice the bird poo with that prima donna attracting all of the attention.

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  7. I've never seen this type of butterfly either - beautiful! How big is it? It looks large but it's hard for me to judge the scale.

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  8. beautiful Angie, I can't get over how dry your soil looks, with all the nice blooms in your previous post your garden is providing plenty of food, Frances

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  9. We were sitting in a bird hide a month ago and a butterfly flew in and out again. I think that was a peacock too if I remember rightly. Maybe it thought the hider was a good place to shelter and then saw us there and changed its mind.

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  10. This beautiful butterfly appeared far too soon. We usually have lots of them in July and August.

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  11. It is lovely seeing it, although I hope it finds shelter, too. I've yet to see my first butterfly this year.

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  12. Butterfly in February and that's also so beautiful and so large! WOW!! It was lovely seeing that and gave me the hope that spring might still come here (who knows may be another glacial age is coming here). I hope it survived all the coldness and wind and storm that came later -- all these creatures are getting confused with so much change in weather :-(...

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  13. Well that apparently took a lot of patience on your part to capture these pictures. How nice to be able to get anything like that right now.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  14. Hi Angie,

    How lovely, I can't wait for my Butterflies to appear!

    Sorry to hear you have bad weather again; it's been surprisingly nice here even though the forecast was for more bad stuff.

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  15. Craziness. I hope the rest of the year is drier and sunny as well as mild or we could be lacking butterflies again just like 2012. Nice capture though, despite the inconvenient poop!

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  16. Hi! That's one of the joys of the start of the year, seeing everything come back to life. Yesterday evening, it was such a special moment to hear birds twittering, when I finished work. Let's hope it's not to early for them and they get a bit of a shock!

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