Saturday, 23 August 2014

Photogenic Peacock.


The Peacock butterfly  Nymphalis io (Nymphalidae)
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 
The fast flying Peacock butterfly flies from June -September. It perches with wings wide open or closed. They are particularly fond of my Statice flowers (Limonium Smuatum Statice) sometimes referred to as Sea Lavender. It's a great alternative or addition to the Buddleias which attract most butterflies. The Staice flower is commonly used in dried flower arrangements, as well as fresh bouquets, and when properly dried they retain their vibrant colours. You can grow them in a variety of colours, then just enjoy the spectacale as the butterflies appear. I prefer the purples and lilacs, but they are all very pretty. 
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS

24 comments:

eileeninmd said...

The Peacock butterfly is beautiful.. Lovely series of images. Thank you for linking up your post with my critter party.. Have a happy weekend!

EG CameraGirl said...

So beautiful the orange butterfly on the purple!

TexWisGirl said...

such amazing colors!

Susan (ABON) said...

I am fascinated by the beauty of these butterflies, and I'd be super excited if I ever saw one. Lovely images, Sonjia. Have a great weekend!

NickMorgan said...

Lovely pictures. Interesting that you get them between June to September. Here they survive the winter and appear on sunny days early spring. They continue to fly until June, when they lay eggs which turn into butterflies in August. It is those butterflies that we will see again next spring.

Frank said...

Wonderful captures Sonjia of this beautiful flutter.

Felicia said...

wonderful images of a gorgeous butterfly.

Hannah said...

What a beautiful series! I had seen these butterflies on blogs before but didn't know what they were called. It's interesting that the undersides of the wings are camouflaged.

Ela said...

Your photos are excellent !
I love these beautiful butterflies !
Have a happy weekend :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Fabulous shots of the beautiful butterflies!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Fabulous images - stunning colours!
We've seen more butterflies this summer,which is great.

Happy weekend!
Ruby

Dział Przyrody MŚO said...

Fabulous images! Well done!
Greetings :-)

Marie said...

Just beautiful! I especially like the last shot. I too enjoy growing statice because they dry to well!

Maria said...

You got some great close-ups Sonjia.

susan jane said...

very beautiful markings, very good shots. love Sue

Noushka said...

It really is one of the prettiest of our european butterflies!
Gorgeous pictures!
Enjoy your sunday!

Teresa said...

Es preciosa. Saludos.

vitorchuvashortstories said...

Hi Sonjia!

Such a rich display of dazzling colours; not only the butterflies` but the flowers`too. Just beautiful!

Have a nice week.
Vitor

S. Etole said...

Such terrific colors when the wings are spread.

orchid Miyako said...

Wow, yes your Peacock butterfly is really PHOTOGENIC and wonderful captures♡♡♡ I really enjoyed reading your explanation 'sea lavender, Buddleia'♪ Buddleia sure look like Statice (haha, I needed to check with pc). I wouldn't have known about these beauties without blogging:-)

I've been really busy, sorry for my belated visit. I always love your breathtaking pictures, Sonija.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

karmnik54 said...

Piękny:) Też go mam:)

Rita Vaselli said...

This butterfly is difficult to photograph ... stops for a moment and closes its wings, hiding its beautiful colors ... I chased a butterfly so long ago, in a mountainous ... the butterfly went to hide on a wall moss-covered and no longer visible ... then reappeared ... a game that ended without memorable pictures. Instead, your photos are extraordinarily vivid and full of poetry. The texture and color of statice contrast well with the butterfly and the square cut of the photo creates harmonious compositions. Beautiful and lovely as always ... a true joy to see again so many beautiful photos from you !!!Warm hugs,Rita

totakeajourney said...

Such a spectacular butterly, thanks so much for sharing these lovely shots.

Chris Rohrer said...

The markings are lovely on this butterfly. Looks like an oranger peacock:) The "eyes" are my favorites on this one.

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