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.
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!
Butterfly numbers still appear to be well up on last year. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.