Peacock (Inachis io)

Cheshire local information

When to see: Spring and throughout the summer, peaking in July and August

Where to see: Almost anywhere

Behaviour: Perch/territorial

Wingspan: 63-75mm

Caterpillar food plant: Common nettle (Urtica dioica)

Cheshire status: An abundant and widespread resident, which has become more numerous since the 1970ís, especially in the east of the county. It is a single-brooded butterfly with peak numbers recorded from late July and throughout August, but flies again in early spring after hibernation.


Spotlight on Cheshire Butterflies: the Peacock