Butterflies to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods. For more information on Torphins itself and the human population there go to Torphins.org.
Inachis io, the peacock
Eggs and caterpillars are found on nettles from May onwards. Adults are seen on flowers in gardens, grassland and woodland edges from mid June onwards until the end of summer, then they hibernate, and emerge the following spring to mate.
Caterpillars can reach 4.2 cm long, adult wingspan is up to 6.0 cm.