European Peacock (Aglais io)

A colorful butterfly with uniquely colored large eyelike circles. This butterfly is of European origin established in the Montreal area recently. It appears early in the spring.

How To Identify

The size and color of the large circles on the back of the animal, imitating eyes of a larger animal, are unique in shape and color.

Where and When to Spot

During spring almost everywhere around Montreal. I saw my first individuum in Park Pointe aux Prairies.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Pointe aux Prairies

    Monday, May 6, 2019

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Aperture f7.1
    ISO 2500


Aglais io