The peacock butterfly (Aglais io) takes after its namesake with eyespots and a hidden beauty that emerges as its wings unfurl. A boring leaf like appearance at first but slowly the colours emerge as it opens its wings. Its hidden beauty is a lovely summer surprise.
A true nomad, this butterfly with a strong wing is able to travel throughout the countryside taking advantage of the summer flowers although the autumn buddleia will always be its perfect resting place.
This butterfly is the first in our Big Butterfly Count in the garden.
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