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The butterfly has a wingspan of 50 to 55 mm. The base-colour of the wings is a rusty red, and at each wingtip it bears a distinctive, black, blue and yellow eye-spot. The underside is a cryptically coloured dark-brown or black (Photo 2). There are two subspecies, I. io caucasica (Jachontov, 1912) found in Azerbaijan and I. io geisha (Stichel, 1908) found in Japan and the Russian Far East.
Semi-rural, open grass field.
Spotted 5 of these butterflies looking like newly enclosed feeding on thistle a flower. A cocoon of this species can be seen here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/361...
Spotted on Aug 3, 2013
Submitted on Aug 3, 2013
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