European peacock (Inachis io) - Evgeniya Shevchenko
European peacock (Inachis io)
European peacock (Inachis io) – a day butterfly from the family of nymphalids (Nymphalidae). It can be found throughout Eurasia (except the tundra), and especially in Germany and the Japanese islands. The areal of habitation – steppes, forest-steppe, wasteland, mountains, gardens, parks, as well as the territory of settlements. For one summer european peacock can give one generation, and in the southern regions – two. The duration of one individual is several months. The butterfly feeds mainly on nettle. After hibernation, the european peacock lays from 100 to 300 eggs on the back of the nettle leaf. In this state they are about a week. Caterpillars have a black color with white specks and long spines. They live in braided nests of 150 or more individuals from May to August, and after that.
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