Peacock Butterfly


It may be common, but it makes it no less a pleasure to see the showy Peacock butterfly. They can be seen pretty much anywhere as long as it is open and sunny, and are a frequent sight in gardens and parks.
During winter, it hibernates in sheltered places such as tree holes or even attics! Generally, they emerge from March onwards, but can be seen as early as February.
As with the Comma, nettles are a vital food source, and their chosen place to lay eggs is also a large patch of nettles, ideally in a sunny location with shade nearby.

WILD CARD: One of the pieces of evidence for global warming, and the effect it is having on wildlife, is that adult Peacock butterflies have been emerging from hibernation earlier and earlier since records began in 1976.