April 1, 2017 – European Peacock (Aglais io)
Found in most of temperate Eurasia, the European Peacock is a common sight in many European countries. They feed on nectar, spending the first part of the year in the heavily flowered countryside, but later moving to gardens and other areas to feed on any available flowers. During winter they hide in tree hollows or log piles to hibernate, awakening in the early days of spring. When disturbed they will suddenly open their wings, revealing the brilliantly colored “eyes” to scare off predators. They also make a rasping or hissing sound by rubbing their wings against each other when threatened. Females lay their eggs on the upper leaves of stinging nettles in April and May. Their young stay together in large groups, but slowly split into smaller groups as they age.