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View of red butterfly with with white, blue and black markings on wings

Peacock. Photo: Shona Refoy

View of a yellow butterfly with a few brown specks on the wings.

Brimstone. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona’s continuing search for her second butterfly for 2020 was rewarded yesterday, 16/03/2020 when she saw butterflies at Badbury Rings for the first time this year. The Peacock (her first one of this species this year) was basking on a log, enjoying the sunshine as much as she was!  The Brimstone she told us was having a cleaning session amongst the ivy and then flew into High Wood.

View of red butterfly with white, blue and black eye spots on wings nectaring on an Ivy flower.

Peacock. Photo: George McCabe

George came across this Peacock on the Old SW path on the Ridgeway Hill near Upwey, Weymouth on 24/10/2019.  After a morning of rain the sun came out and he told us he just wanted to get out to enjoy the sunshine adding that it just shows that if the weather is right there are butterflies to be seen.

View of two butterflies on a pink flower - one orange and black and the other red with white and black eye spot markings.

Peacock and Red Admiral. Photo: Shona Refoy

View of two butterflies on pink flowers - both orange and black but one also with white wing markings.

Painted Lady and Comma. Photo: Shona Refoy

Following a recent very productive butterfly visit to Kingston Lacy Kitchen Garden,  Shona wrote in to tell us that she went back there again on 02/10/2019 and on a Eupatorium in the corner found the favourite nectar source where she saw 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Large White, and at least 2 Peacocks and Commas just on this one plant. Shona has sent in these photos of some of them to share with us adding that she loves photos of non-matching pairs of butterflies – with results like these we can understand why.

A large Red butterfly with coloured eye spots on upper fore- and hind-wings

Peacock. Photo: Mark Pike

Head and shoulders photo of a Red Admiral showing the dark intricate pattern of the underwings

Red Admiral. Photo: Mark Pike

This Peacock and Red Admiral were photographed by Mark at Garston Wood on 12/07/19. and he says he thinks the Red admiral was possibly newly emerged as it appeared very drowsy.

Maybe it just enjoyed the attention from Mark as he captured the amazing beauty of its underwing pattern. A very colour co-ordinated butterfly!

view of two Peacocks sharing a spray of Blackthorn blossom

Peacocks. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona was very happy with this photo of two Peacock butterflies she saw at King Barrow on 29/03/19. The sun was shining through the the half opened wings of the top individual, and showed the eye through the wing. Usually the underside of a Peacock is very plain and dark.

A lovely Spring setting.

view opf a Peacock resting on the ground showing upper wings

Peacock, Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann found this pristine Peacock in her Corfe Mullen garden on 26/03/19.

This will be a hibernated individual, tempted out of hibernation during the  warm sunshine we are experiencing this week.

view of a Peacock on Grape Hyacinths showing uppersides of all wings

Peacock. photo Howard Gillen

Harold spotted this beautiful Peacock on grape Hyacinths in his Sandford garden on 17/03/19.

Tempted out of hibernation due to warm temperatures and obviously not minding the gale force winds we experienced  that week.

view of a Peacock resting with open wings on a path

Peacock. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann spotted this Peacock in a garden at Corfe Mullen on 25/02/19.

This species is one that hibernates over winter and emerges on warmer days. Normally this happens mostly at the end of March, and after mating gives rise to the next generation  at the end of July.

This year emergence from hibernation has been spectacularly different, so it will be interesting to see what records are produced later in the year.

view of a Peacock among leaf litter

Peacock. Photo: Shona Refoy

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.