Peacock Butterflies

Butterfly ThumbnailThere are plenty of butterflies around this summer including some spectacular Peacock butterflies. They like hedgerows and woodland edge type habitats and will happily visit your garden to feed on some of their favourite garden plants such as Buddleja and Verbena which have many tiny tubular flowers arranged in clusters.

Peacock Butterfly

Peacock feeding on Buddleja

Peacock butterflies lay their eggs on nettles and hops which the young caterpillars eat when they hatch. So if you’d like to see more of this butterfly try allowing a patch of common nettles (Urtica dioica) or a Hop vine (Humulus lupulus) to grow in your garden.

Butterfly Feeding on VerbenaAs a child I thought that all butterflies lived for just a few short weeks in summer. In fact Peacock butterflies live throughout winter. They find a place to hide during the cold months of the year. Their closed wings are very dark and look like dead leaves so are the perfect camouflage.

They emerge in early Spring ready for a good feed. If you have Crocus, Primroses and Aubretia in your garden you’ll probably spot Peacock butterflies feeding on them in late February or March

For more information about Peacock Butterflies please see
the Butterfly Conservation website.

Do you have butterflies in your garden?   
I hope you do.  Gillian 😉