Shona sent us this photo of a Peacock seen in what she described as a half hearted mating refusal position at Kingston Lacey NT allotments on 13/10/18. Sometimes the abdomen is raised very markedly it can indicate the female has already mated and doesn’t want further attention. However when the abdomen is raised only slightly it may be a sign of receptiveness on her part. Poor males, let’s hope they are good at reading the signals.
Alison photographed this Peacock at Badbury Rings on 6/07/18.
Her photo shows the amazing eye markings that hopefully deter predators such as dragonflies or birds from attacking it.
Happy New Year!
Mark found this beautiful bright over-wintering Peacock in his garden on 1/01/19. He tells us it posed perfectly ,as can been seen in the lovely photos he shared with us, before flying off into the distance.
In mild weather this species along with others often come out of hibernation. Hopefully it returned to somewhere warm and safe before the very cold temperatures hit Dorset next day.
Paul photographed this Peacock and a Tortoiseshell on 30/7/14 in his garden at Bearwood.
It would be interesting to know if Paul was lucky enough to see this sight in 2018, as Tortoiseshell butterflies were sadly rarely seen in Dorset this year nor were the usual numbers of Peacocks seen. Let us hope we will still see sights as lovely as this in future years and the lack of sightings this year was just a one off, due maybe to the intense heat we suffered during their usual flight period.
The current spell of good weather, without the intense heat and drought of the summer, is bringing out the butterflies which are still on the wing at this time of year. Continue reading
Mark discovered this Peacock in a cave at Portland on 3/08/18 and tells us:
There were 6 all suspended from a tunnel ceiling on Portland. The white sack is apparently a spider’s egg sack that likes to inhabit caves in Europe.
Brian Arnold sent us in this great photo of a Small Tortoiseshell recently and said from his observations “They seemed to be quite scarce last year, but … they have virtually disappeared this year”. We asked our Records Officer, Bill Shreeves to comment. Continue reading
Harold watched this Silver-washed Fritillary and a Peacock happily nectaring together on the same Buddleia flower spike on 12/07/18 in his Sandford garden.Given the number of flowers spikes on this plant it seems amazing that they chose the same one.
Harold tells us that to date he has recorded eighteen species of butterflies in his garden this year, a very impressive total!
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.
Lynda spotted this freshly emerged Peacock in her Corfe Mullen garden on 8/07/18 and tells us:
Having seen my first peacocks of the year only a day or so ago,I was pleased to see this one in my garden today as it is the first of the year for my BC Dorset garden records.
Garden records are important to Butterfly Conservation so if you do not already record your garden sightings please consider doing so as it is easy to do either online or by post once a year. Full details of how on our website .