I found this Peacock Butterfly basking in the sun yesterday.
Apart from the odd missing pieces of wing it appeared to have come through the Winter hibernation in reasonable condition. Its reddish brown area of wings have faded into orange and the white areas are somewhat smudged out.
It will find a safe place such as a hollow tree or even a garden shed to sit out the Winter. I have certainly observed one flying in early December and they will emerge in February or March. I have briefly observed one or two already, but this is the first I have taken a photo of this Spring.
A shot taken in the woodland which forms part of the Parkland that I walk.
I must take some bluebell photos before they die away, had the wrong camera on this visit.
They are early this year.