Latin Name: Inachis io
Description: Peacock butterflies have 4 large eye spots on the upperside of a reddy / brown wing. The underside of the wing is almost black.
Size: Wingspan is approximately 60 to 75mm.
Habitat: Peacock butterflies can be found in meadows, country lanes, farmland, roadside verges, woodland and gardens.
Food: They like to feed on nectar from stinging nettles and hops.
Distribution: These butterflies are found throughout the UK and are a common sight, although they are not as common in Scotland.
Months Seen: Peacocks are normally seen from March to September, although they can sometimes be seen as early as February and as late as October.
Did You Know?
- Peacock butterflies like to hibernate in dark places like garden sheds, hollow trees, woodstacks or farm buildings.
- The female butterfly lays her green eggs on nettle leaves.
- They lay eggs in batches of a few hundred and up to 500.
- The eggs hatch after about 10 days.
- Peacock butterflies only have one brood per year.
- The caterpillar is black and spiky.