The Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io), is another over Winter Hibernator which I was able to see and photograph for the first time this Spring during yesterday morning.
This species does not live in colonies and flies wherever there are suitable conditions, which are varied and many. Obviously one of our most colourful species and apart from a period at the end of June/early July, can be observed just about anywhere over the UK.
It has a very visible defence system against predators, the four spots (or eyes) on its upper wings.
The temperature in the last couple of days has risen considerably and it was around 17 celsius when I took these images. Apart from this species I also observed the Comma, the Brimstone and caught sight briefly of a flying male Large White. So things are improving in the butterfly World and if this good weather persists then a number of early species such as the Orange Tip should soon start to emerge.