Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)

October 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

This butterfly can turn up almost anywhere. Peacock butterflies can be found in woods, fields, meadows, pastures, parks, and gardens, lowlands and mountains. When hibernating, they can be encountered in outbuildings, such as a garage, shed or barn, where they’re often found in groups. Other hibernation sites include hollow trees and wood piles.

The adults spend most of the morning nectaring. 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 name is derived from Greek mythology, meaning Io, daughter of Inachus.

Last night I had a dream where I had been transported back to my old room, in the house where I grew up. I was watching a magnificent butterfly outside my window. It was a Peacock butterfly. I’ve not seen any butterfly equalling the size of this one: Each of its wings was as big as the the palm of my hand. It had settled on a flower, near the glass of the window – even though my room was on the 2nd floor. Sometimes it was flapping it wings slowly, which made the wings seem heavy; sometimes it lifted from the flower and fluttered about in the air as if to fly away.

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