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The peacock butterfly is easily recognizable due to its rusty-red base colour and a distinctive black, blue and yellow eyespot on each wingtip.

Did you know?

Similar to other brush-footed butterflies (or four-footed butterflies), the caterpillars of the Peacock butterfly live only on nettles. If you do not remove your nettles in a small unmanaged area of your garden, then, with a little bit of luck, you could soon observe this beautiful butterfly in your garden.

Source: "Schmetterlinge entdecken, beobachten, bestimmen. Die 150 häufigsten tagaktiven Arten Mitteleuropas.“ Seggewiße & Wymann, Haupt Verlag.
Photo: Simone Schneider