Peacock (Aglais io)

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14459_sex?_UK Buckinghamshire_15Mar09 13674_sex?_Lozère_21Aug08 38607_female_Pyrénées-Orientales_17Jul15

This is probably the most beautifully-marked European butterfly. If it was a rarity, its beauty would probably be more appreciated. Curiously, in 2006 I hardly saw any in Var until late September, when they started to appear in reasonable numbers. In the next five years I saw it only occasionally in Var, and since then there have been virtually no sightings, hence the paucity of photographs.

This species was previously known as Inachis io.
ref sex

observations

alt. m
14459 M

a male, based its territorial behaviour.

90
13674 ?

hard to say what sex it is.

1450
38607 F a rare (for me) sighting a an underside, probably a female based on body shape. 1820

 

14459_sex?_UK Buckinghamshire_15Mar09

 

13674_sex?_Lozère_21Aug08

 

38607_female_Pyrénées-Orientales_17Jul15