Peacock Butterfly Chrysalis (14)
|This golden Chrysallis belongs to one of the iconic butterflies of early spring and late summer the Peacock Butterfly, the one with the painted eyes on each wing which is flashes by opening and closing its wings rapidly which tends to frighten off any bird who thinks they have found a tasty meal.|
Seen here hanging from the underside of a leaf of the caterpillars food plant Stinging Nettle Urtica Dioica The catterpillar are jet black and covered in a series of spines which it uses to prevent it's self from being eaten by birds also though this does not seem to deter the parasitic wasps which I have seen attacking them.
Shot late the other evening when we had a spot of sun break though the seemingly endless cloudy dull days in a hedge round the edge of a field at the back of my house, I had been shooting some other bugs on the top surface of the neetle n
leaves when I noticed this hanging under one of the leaves.
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