Peacock

Name: Peacock

Scientific name: Inachis io

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 20

What are nature stars?

About: A fairly large butterfly, rich reddish brown in colour with large blue and yellow peacock 'eyes' on each upper wing, very dark underwings. Wingspan of about 6.5 cm. Adults fly throughout the year in several broods, overwintering as adults. A very common butterfly. They are common visitors to gardens where they feed on buddleia and other flowers. Caterpillars feed on Stinging Nettles.

How to identify: Unmistakeable, perhaps the most familiar butterfly.

Where: Found right across the country, although less common in northern Scotland.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 20
  • Cute factor: 70
  • Traveller: 80

Fantastic fact: When alarmed, the Peacock is able to make a hissing noise by rubbish its wings quickly together to scare off predators.

Photograph credit: Keith Warmington/www.warmies.co.uk


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comments

  • Otteratas
    • Date: 2017-04-25 17:23:37
    • Otteratas

    in summer they r always flying around r buddliea

  • Tealex
    • Date: 2014-04-22 15:54:07
    • Tealex

    In the summer my dad's buddliea bush flutters with these! They almost cover it.

  • Wigeonona
    • Date: 2011-06-13 20:08:52
    • Wigeonona

    the other day i found a massive moth when my mate was sleeping round my house

  • Dolphilor
    • Date: 2010-07-25 09:54:05
    • Dolphilor

    peacocks are one of my favorite types of butterfly.

  • Ottero
    • Date: 2010-03-25 21:03:06
    • Ottero

    I really like peacock butterflies, I like the colours on their wings and one stayed on my hand for a really long time once!!

  • Otteriga
    • Date: 2009-12-20 08:51:46
    • Otteriga

    I really like peacocks. They all come to my garden to drink the buddlea.

  • Otteriga
    • Date: 2009-12-20 08:51:46
    • Otteriga

    I really like peacocks. They all come to my garden to drink the buddlea.

  • Foxalas
    • Date: 2009-12-18 18:57:12
    • Foxalas

    I love Peacocok butterflies they are my favourite type of butterfly.