Peacock (Aglais io)
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2021 photographs highlighted in yellow. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.
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 subsequent years
there have been virtually no sightings, hence the paucity of photographs.
This species was previously known as Inachis io.
a male, based its territorial behaviour.
hard to say what sex it is.
|48825||?||possibly a female based on what can be seen of the body shape. This individual posed perfectly with open wings on a warm but overcast day, sitting motionless for some time. It appears to a have a rather carmine-red colouring, maybe because it was fresh, but the ground colour provides an excellent backdrop to the multi-coloured markings. All in all, a spectacularly beautiful butterfly.||320|
|38607||F||a rare (for me) sighting a an underside, probably a female based on body shape.||1820|