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Peacock Butterfly.


Peacock Butterfly.

I must have disturbed the hibernation of this lovely butterfly. Its wings were trembling and it was flapping its wings as though to dry them as it would do when emerging from the chrysalis. In the case of the Peacock it is using its bright colours and the trembling action which makes a rustling sound to create fear in its enemies. The male is slightly smaller than the female and is very territorial. It chases away any the competion. Its colours are exquisite. I read up on the internet that the adults hibernate over winter and lay up to 500 eggs on nettles. They then die off. When the eggs hatch around a week later thehairy black caterpillars spin a communal web nest to hide them and they eat the nettles. Later they pupate on their own and when they emerge their food is ready in the form of sedum, hebe and buddleia flower nectar. It has beautiful swallowtail wings and I hope it can go back and hibernate again as it is freezing fog here today.



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hi sorry scotsgran , very informative , i hope it will be OK to, at first i thought it was a crab,or is it the beer kicking in :))

29 Jan, 2011

 

I hope I'm not posting under Yorkshire Mark. I'm Scotsgran. Well maybe it is the beer. Hope its Hadrian and Borders Real Ale. LOL

29 Jan, 2011

 

hi again, SCOTSGARN, do not know what happened but was on yorkshires page,just had to halter 10 messages, on other pages to oops, sorry again, mark :)

29 Jan, 2011

 

Apology accepted. As they say here in Scotland you can call me anything you like as long as you don't ca me over.

29 Jan, 2011

 

Here is a link to some amazing facts about butterflies.
http://www.helium.com/items/1754127-facts-about-peacock-butterflies

30 Jan, 2011



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