Peacock Butterfly Inachis io

Peacock butterfly
Peacock butterfly
Peacock butterfly tongue
Peacock butterfly
The eye patterns on its wings, to deter predators, resemble the "eyes" in peacock tail feathers, giving the brightly-coloured butterfly its common name.
Peacock butterfly
Peacock butterfly wing eye
Peacock Butterfly face
Peacock butterfly side closed
With closed wings, the Peacock Butterfly is dark brown to black and well-camouflaged, especially when hibernating through winter as an adult.
Peacock butterfly closed
Peacock butterfly side
Peacock butterfly caterpillars
Peacock butterfly caterpillars
Peacock butterfly caterpillars
Peacock butterfly caterpillars hatch in large communities, usually on nettles; initially they construct a large silk net to protect themselves from predators.
Peacock butterfly caterpillars
Peacock butterfly caterpillars
When the young emerge from the silk web they are greyish with black spines, developing into black with white spots as they grow.
Peacock butterfly caterpillars
Peacock butterfly caterpillars
The caterpillar on the right of this group is most unusual, with a colourless head and white spines.
Peacock butterfly chrysalis Peacock butterfly pupa
Peacock butterfly chrysalis