|Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan)
|Date Taken: 2018-09-09|
|Camera: NIKON D810|
|Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1600 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2018-09-22 12:14|
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|EUROPEAN PEACOCK (INACHIS IO)|
The European Peacock (Inachis io), more commonly known simply as the Peacock butterfly, is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe, temperate Asia as far east as Japan. It is the only member of the genus Inachis (the name is derived from Greek mythology, meaning Io, [the daughter] of Inachus). It should not be confused or classified with the "American peacocks" in the genus Anartia; these are not close relatives of the present species. The Peacock butterfly is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring.
The butterfly has a wingspan of 50 to 55 mm. The base-colour of the wings is a rusty red, and at each wingtip it bears a distinctive, black, blue and yellow eye-spot.
The caterpillars grow up to 42 mm in length.The butterfly hibernates over winter before laying its eggs in early spring, in batches of up to 500 at a time. The caterpillars, which are shiny black with six rows of barbed spikes and a series of white dots on each segment, hatch after about a week and feed on nettles and hops.
The adult butterflies drink nectar from a wide variety of flowering plants, including buddleia, willows, dandelions, wild marjoram, danewort, hemp agrimony, and clover; they also utilize tree sap and rotten fruit.
The Peacock can be found in woods, fields, meadows, pastures, parks, and gardens, and from lowlands up to 8,200 feet (2,500 m) elevation. It is a relatively common butterfly seen in many European parks and gardens.
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Nice presentation of this European Peacock butterfly. Very sharp and well detailed. I like your chosen POV. Good work
Thanks for sharing,
- [2018-09-22 16:21]
Hi Marius,one of the most common but one of the most beautiful butterfly too of our continent. This is a very fresh one,a member of new generation ready to go to sleep till the nest springtime. Fantastic capture with the best quality and the best wings position too. Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Your return to TN enriches it again, Marius. I also abandoned this site for a couple on months.
This is a brilliant picture of a butterfly which I consider the most beautiful in the world. Ideal focus and most beautiful details and colours.
- [2018-09-23 14:11]
This is an super good picture of this beautiful butterfly!
I never had the opportunitie to see one of this species.
Congratulation for such a great picture.
- [2018-09-24 0:18]
Excellent picture, Marius.
Nice to see you again on TN.
A dreamy picture, TFS Ori