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Common Name Peacock
Scientific Name Inachis io
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Related Species Nymphalid Butterflies (Admirals and Fritillaries)
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Habitat Reference

A very common butterfly in Dorset and seen in grassy habitats including gardens, hedgerows, woodland rides and glades, as well as chalk downlands and cliffs.



Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

This chart shows the number of records per site for this species. Hover over any column to see the site and the number of records:

This chart shows the number of records per month for this species where there are records (see note below):

The intention of this chart is to show which months during the year this species is most likely to be seen. The total per month is across all years; to see the total for a particular year select that year in the filter at the top.

This chart shows the number of records per day for this species for up to the last 30 days for which there are records for this species (see note above). Hover over any column to see the date and the number of records:

These are some photographs of this species that have accompanied tweets from Twitter contributors. Click/tap a photo to see the original version.

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Whilst quiet for birds at #LytchettFields thoughts turned to Butterflys Peacock
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07/04/2017 - 18:45
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This pic was taken Alners Gorse in August 2013.
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In complete contrast to the upper wing surfaces with their "eyes" and bright colours, the wing...
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This pic was taken in June 2007 using flash which has exagerated the white spots a little, which...
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The original tweets from which these records have been derived:

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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
12/01/2018 - 14:53 Andy Martin

Surprised by my first 🦋 sighting 2018 a Peacock drifting across a main road in Bournemouth attracting attention of…

10/01/2018 - 12:42 Portland Bird Observatory

Couple of butterflies on the wing in lovely sunshine today: Peacock at the Bill & Small Tortoiseshell at Blacknor.

05/11/2017 - 21:56 Mike Gibbons

RT @cloudedyellows: Some sparklers for Nov 5th at Southbourne U 8 Clouded Yellows,1 Small White,1 Peacock,6 Red Ads @savebutterflies @BC_D…

05/10/2017 - 17:46 Peter Orchard

Ringstead to Osmington Mills: Mesembrina meridiana, ivy bee, red admiral (lots) large white, clouded yellow, small copper, peacock, kestrel

23/09/2017 - 08:44 Paul Harris

An unusual mix in the traps this morning, Clifden Nonpareil, Red Underwing, Palpita vitrealis and a Peacock Butterfly!

18/09/2017 - 15:42 Lulworth Rangers

Peacock,C Yel and Comma. 3 Firecrest, 14 Yellow Wag, Gdn Warb, Blackcap, Spot Fly, 400 Swallow/H Martin…

17/09/2017 - 23:05 Retweet

RT @Portland_Nature: Back to Portland again. A walk along Barleycrates Lane, counted the following on Ivy. 150+ Red Admiral, 12 Peacock, 2…

02/09/2017 - 14:13 Debby Saunders

Garden full of Butterflies today, at least 10 Red Admiral, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, singles of Painted Lady and Peaco…

01/09/2017 - 21:04 Pam Parsons

Peacock Butterfly today, RSPB Lodmoor Dorset @savebutterflies @BC_Dorset @NatureUK

11/08/2017 - 11:04 Peter Orchard A few insects at Abbotsbury gardens yesterday but I suppose as most are imported flowers they are not popular with native insect species?
16/07/2017 - 16:45 Two Owls Birding Common Blue, Grayling, Peacock, Red Admiral, 6spot Burnets, Gatekeeper #ButterflyCount #lytchettbaywildlife
25/06/2017 - 16:00 Dorset Wildlife Trust Up to 150 species so far on the #ChesilBioBlitz including these beauties! #DWTwey #30DaysWild
24/05/2017 - 21:00 Dorset Wildlife Trust What a stunning day at Lorton Meadows! This beautiful Peacock Butterfly was enjoying the glorious afternoon sun.…
01/05/2017 - 13:00 Martin Wood @ianballam @harbourbirds Only seen one Peacock today at Longham
15/04/2017 - 08:30 Friends Kinson Common Species at Kinson Common on the 9th April 2017 ...
08/04/2017 - 17:45 Tom Brereton RT @tom_m_brereton: Also 17 Speckled Wood, 7 Orange-tip, 8 Peacock, 2 Comma, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Brimstone, Small White & 2 Wheate…
08/04/2017 - 08:15 John Lloyd RT @john_lloyd79: Glorious sunshine at @hengistburyvc today. Great to see peacocks, orange tips a comma and a speckled wood, as well as a c…
07/04/2017 - 18:45 Ian Ballam Whilst quiet for birds at #LytchettFields thoughts turned to Butterflys Peacock
07/04/2017 - 17:00 Martin Wood Orange topped butterfly this afternoon and peacock butterflies at Longham Lake's @BC_Dorset
06/04/2017 - 13:00 Marcus Lawson First Small White in the garden plus Brimstone, Holly Blue, Comma and Peacock. Also the Crane Fly T. oleracea and Dark-edged Bee-fly.
26/03/2017 - 20:30 Ian Ballam Plenty of Brimstone and a couple of Peacock at #LytchettFields today, only 1 Peacock sat for a pic
26/03/2017 - 10:45 Martin Wood @BC_Dorset First Peacock in the garden and at Longham Lakes 25th March
25/03/2017 - 15:45 RSPB Weymouth Common lizards 🦎 seen at Radipole today + brimstone, peacock, red admiral, comma & sml tortoiseshell 🦋 @BC_Dorset @ARC_Bytes #spring
25/03/2017 - 14:00 Paul Harris Peacock and Small Tortoishell in back garden. (Weymouth).
13/03/2017 - 11:15 RSPB Weymouth Beautiful day ☀️ brimstone,small tortoiseshell&peacock butterflies all out @Radipole 🦋 #mondaymotivation…
09/03/2017 - 17:00 Dorset Wildlife Trust RT @TheGreatHeath: Brimstone and peacock butterflies on the wing in warm sunshine on Upton Heath today! #tgh #dorsetwt