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Peacock Butterfly

Inachis io


This familiar insect has been known as the Peacock or Peacock's Eye since 1699 but 'Owl' would be more appropriate. The butterfly - one of the longest lived as an adult (some 11 months) flashes the Owl eyes at would be predators and can even emit a audible 'hiss'.


A common nomadic species found throughout the lowlands of England, Wales and Ireland

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England, United Kingdom

Lat: 52.24, Long: -2.27

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on Jun 29, 2012

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