Peacock (Aglais io)
The Peacock (A. io) must arguably be one of Britain’s most attractive butterflies, if not the most.
A familiar sight in gardens across the British Isles, it is unmistakable, with quite spectacular markings on the upperside of the wings that give this stunning butterfly its name. The underside is a different matter altogether, being almost entirely black, providing perfect camouflage when the butterfly is at rest or during hibernation. In addition to camouflage and large eye-spots, the butterfly is able to make a hissing sound by rubbing its wings together - this can be audible to human ears. This is a highly mobile species that occurs throughout the British Isles, including Orkney and Shetland, although it is not found in some parts of northern Scotland.
Undoubtedly one of my favourites …