Butterflies & moths to look for in March — Peacock Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly

Where to look

They are found in most places, so to see one, just keep an eye out for them anywhere!


The Peacock (Aglais io), like the brimstone, is one of the few British butterflies that can hibernate as an adult, which allows it to be one of the earliest butterflies to be seen flying in the year. The beautiful eye-spots on the wings are thought to scare off predators because when seen upside down it looks like the face of an owl! If they feel threatened they will flash their wings and even ‘hiss’ by rubbing their wings together! When resting they are very well camouflaged because the dark, almost black, underside of their wings blends in to the background. Males and females look similar, but the females are slightly larger. 

Where we've found Peacock Butterflies

Peacock Butterfly spottings journal (8 seen)

Last seen Location Spotted by Group Notes
16 Apr 2021 Stroud Valleys Project
16 Jun 2020 capel's mill Ella The Weaver's
24 May 2020 Finley Ireland Class Found in our garden
15 Apr 2020 Near our pond Sean Buckley-Nolans
7 Apr 2020 Capel's Mill Jo The Weaver's
25 Mar 2020 Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project
23 Mar 2020 livvy 3rd Stroud Brownies
22 Mar 2020 Rosenannon Downs, Cornwall Gavin Blended Spotted over twenty on Rosenannon Downs near St Breock, Cornwall.


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