view of a Peacock nectaring with wings open wide on a pink flower

Peacock. Photo: Gordon Cryer

Gordon saw this freshly emerged Peacock on Slepe Heath on 5/07/18

The Peacock is a familiar sight in gardens across the British Isles and is unmistakable, with quite spectacular eyes on the upperside of the hindwings that give this butterfly its name. These eyes must appear very threatening to predators, such as mice, that confront this butterfly head-on, where the body forming a “beak”, as shown in the image below.

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