Garden wildlife – Part 2 Peacock butterfly

The temperature hit 13 degrees celsius afternoon and a few butterflies were out and about.

Firstly, a Brimstone flew over the garden. Around 3pm a Comma butterfly fluttered around but didn’t settle, then in floated this Peacock butterfly, which settled and sunned itself on a patch of bare earth.


  • The Peacock butterfly is commonly found all over the UK.
  • It has a lifespan of around 11 months
  • The wingspan of the adult butterfly is around 50 – 55 mm
  • Butterflies can detect the colours red, green and yellow.
  • The Peacock butterfly makes a hissing sound by rubbing its wings together that can be heard by humans. This together with flashing its wings is to scare away predators
  • The adults spend most of the morning nectaring. Males set up territories around midday, often on the sunny side of a wood, where they wait for a passing female. (


Butterflies’ wings are made up of scales, laid over each other like roofing tiles. A Peacock butterfly wings have around 750,000 scales.

This is a photo I took of a Peacock butterfly caterpillar in June 2018

Close upPeacock butterfly caterpillar


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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5 Responses to Garden wildlife – Part 2 Peacock butterfly

  1. Earthwatcher says:

    Beautiful butterfly. Thanks for sharing.


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  3. shazza says:

    I have seen three tortoishell butterflies so far this year. I have never seen a brimstone, wondering if they are as common in the North west. I live in Lancashire. Peacocks are such beauties.

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