Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)

 I spotted two Peacock Butterflies this week in the International School of Belgrade’s garden. I managed to take a photo of this specimen. They were feeding on the autumn flowers currently in bloom.

The Peacock is a common buttefly of Europe and Asia. Serbia is in the southern part of their range and they are moving northward due to climate change. They are one of the longest living butterflies, as researchers have seen them live up to a year. They nest on nettles so I will be looking for these next spring as I would like to get a photo of the catepillar stage.  I guess they are called peacocks due to their bright colors and the eye-like spot on the wings, which is similar to a male peacock.

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