European peacock

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.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & When to Spot?

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

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

European peacock [en]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Aglais io


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