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Look what the cat dragged in!

I was complaining all summer that I can't find butterflies for taking photos.

I woke up this morning with a beautiful Peacock butterfly in the bedroom. It probably came in yesterday when the window was open.
Peacock butterflies make a hissing sound, by rubbing their wings together. Though the sound is audible to human ears, I didn't hear it while sleeping and the poor butterfly was hitting the window glass for several hours, to get free.
Here it is, the Peacock butterfly, resting on my pink African violet.
Yet, it's not my lucky day; it closes its wings when resting, so I took several photos of its black underside.
Peacock butterfly on African violet
The European Peacock (Inachis io), or simply, the Peacock butterfly has spectacular colors.
I love its large, colorful eye-spots; the ones from the hind wings are changing colors from blue to purple as the light angle changes.
European Peacock butterfly
The underside is almost black, providing perfect camouflage when the butterfly is at rest on a tree trunk, or when hibernating.
In autumn they are looking for a place to hibernate over winter, often wintering in buildings or trees.
Peacock butterflyFly, fly, butterfly!
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13 comments:

bfarr said...

Beautiful butterfly. I'm glad you finally 'captured' a butterfly.

Liz said...

Neat. Good kitty. Never have sen that colored butterfly, very different.

Jayne said...

What a gorgeous butterfly maiaT. I'm glad he stopped by for a visit.

Kathy said...

How lucky for you that he stopped at your place to rest for a while.

Mylene said...

Lovely butterfly. Love the pastel color of the African violet.

The Gardener said...

What a beautiful guest you have there! I haven't seen an actual peacock butterfly. So lovely.

Misty Dawn said...

SO Beautiful!!! I've never had the chance to photograph one of these. I hope to though, because they are gorgeous!

Anne-Lise said...

Beatiful pictures, and I am happy that it flew away:-).

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Oh my, is that beautiful or what? I've not seen one so this is certainly a treat.

Judy said...

I have never seen a butterfly like that one! And I love the colour of the African violets, too!

Beverley Baird said...

What a gorgeous butterfly! I've had some land on me in our local butterfly conservatory. They are so delicate!
Great photos!

Self Sagacity said...

there must be something about your flowers and photography that attracts me inevitably! Here is the proof, I click three links on macrosaturday, two of them were your blogs, and the third one was the one I already knew about that wanted to visit. What are the chances?

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Fabulous colors in that butterfly Maia!

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