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Peacock on Buddleia
Comments(0) # Peacock on Buddleia london e17

I heard someone saying the other day that for wildlife gardens it didn't really matter if you added lots of exotic species since most of our fauna seemed to enjoy them just as much as the native flora. The humble Buddleia is, at a first glance, perhaps a prime example of this, it is after all known as the Butterfly Bush for its propensity to attract these winged beauties. Introduced to the UK by the Victorians from the Himalayas it has very quickly become adapted to our climate to the extent that it seems to be one of the first perennials to inhabit waste land, requiring very little soil to get a hold. On the other hand I have to say I've only ever noticed the more exotic looking butterflies actually feeding on it. This flower, for instance, is surrounded by native weeds far less scented, to my nose at least, but which attract the Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Skippers and Speckled Woods etc. Maybe these species just have a more tradional taste. The Peacock is, by the way, one of the few of the more colourful species that I really like. You feel as though you can almost drown in those eyespots don't you? We are, of course, now on to the second wave of Peacocks of the year, these are from the caterpillars (maybe even this questioning one) that hatched from eggs laid in spring by those that overwintered. This one, should it survive, would be expected to hibernate to lay eggs next spring. Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
400 ISO
1/1000 sec
f 8
Flash: Not Fired