European Peacock – Neitoperhonen


European Peacock (Aglais io, in Finnish neitoperhonen) is one of the most beautiful and biggest butterflies we can see in Finland.  It is also one of the few ones which hibernates as an adult. It is easy to recognize due to the four distinctive ‘eyes’ on the wings, and almost black underside of the wings.


Neitoperhonen eri vuodenaikoina, tiloissa ja kunnossa. Kaikki kuvat otettu Mäntsälässä.


[Sometimes I wonder why some butterflies have so different names in English and in Finnish: Peacock (Finnish: riikinkukko) – Neito (English: maiden). I’m sure there is an explanation. But this is only a side note of this post.]

This butterfly has two generations during the summer. We can see the first flying late spring and early summer, they are those who hibernated. Late summer to early autumn are flying those who have grown during the summer (I haven’t got a picture of the caterpillar of Aglais io, but here you can see one.)

These first pictures are taken this September (with Canon 100 mm macro).

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Some days ago I noticed one Aglais io flying inside our house. Like many butterflies it was attracted by the light of the lamp, so I was able to take some shots with Canon G3 X (hand-held, zoomed to the max 600 mm [equivalent to 35 mm sensor]).

And finally a shot taken in June 2007 (with Canon 70-200/4 zoom), showing a very worn out early summer Peacock. It’s quite amazing it could still fly.

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About Olli Laasanen

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