Paon-du-jour (Aglais io) – European Peacock Butterfly

Been chasing butterflies between rain showers.

From Wikipédia

Le Paon-du-jour (Aglais io) est une espèce de lépidoptères de la famille des Nymphalidae, de la sous-famille des Nymphalinae et de la tribu des Nymphalini.

Le nom du genre Aglais signifie « beauté », « splendeur » en grec. Dans la mythologie grecque, Aglaé est l’une des trois Grâces.

L’épithète spécifique io fait référence à Io, qui est la fille d’Inachos, nom dont provient Inachis, le nom de l’ancien genre de cette espèce.

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From Wikipedia

Aglais io, the European peacock, more commonly known simply as the peacock butterfly, is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe and temperate Asia as far east as Japan. It was formerly classified as the only member of the genus Inachis (the name is derived from Greek mythology, meaning Io, the daughter of Inachus ). It should not be confused or classified with the “American peacocks” in the genus Anartia; while belonging to the same family as the European peacock, Nymphalidae, the American peacocks are not close relatives of the Eurasian species. The peacock butterfly is resident in much of its range, often wintering in buildings or trees. It therefore often appears quite early in spring. The peacock butterfly has figured in research in which the role of eyespots as an anti-predator mechanism has been investigated. The peacock is expanding its range and is not known to be threatened.

zooming in further…

I think I need the macro and the tripod to get the best image. This guy was quite relaxed.

The spots on the bottom of the wings look, to my active imagination, like skulls.

with computer enhanced contrast

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