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peacock-eye butterfly

peacock-eye butterfly
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Copyright: joanne bergenwall aw (bebecam) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 19] (71)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: CANON EOS 1000F, Tokina AF 70-210mm, Kodak Max 400
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-03 7:37
Viewed: 4841
Points: 2
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The peacock-eye butterfly (Påfågelsöga in Swedish) is seen by many as one of a sign or harbinger of spring. These creatures bear significant eye patterns that can be seen on the peacock bird's tails on their wingsa, and are nomadic butterflies that is familiar to those who live in the English, Scottish, Finnish and Swedish countrysides. They are also seen in and Latvia and Lithuania.

I saw this one on an Åland island, in autumn time - a time when it is building up fat reserves for hibernation. Peacocks hibernate through the winter and can live up to 11 months. There is suggestion that the hibernation period for peacocks are shorter due to climate changes, giving them more time to breed, and thus an overall steady increase and expansion in their population statistics.

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Nice shot, but it could've been a bit closer...

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