KIDS at Coleshill Primary School waved goodbye to a class of peacock butterflies
which they had raised from eggs.
I recalled how often I stand amazed at the unparalleled ingenuity and imaginative beauty of flowers--morning glory, fuchsias, delphiniums, gentians; or the ten or more bird varieties that visit our town garden, from green woodpeckers to wrens; the exquisite colourings of the red admiral and peacock butterflies
. All these must be the work of a Creator who will have provided splendours beyond our imagination in heaven.
Recently, I have found three Peacock butterflies
. I cannot understand how they got in.
The adults are closely related to red admiral, small tortoiseshell (they are about the same size as these), and peacock butterflies
"Small tortoiseshells and peacock butterflies
can begin to look for suitable sites to hibernate quite early in the year.
We were so excited this year to see Red Admiral butterflies, but when the Peacock butterflies
moved in we were delighted.
POPULAR FLOWER: Dr Martin Warren, chief executive of the charity Butterfly Conservation, above left, and peacock butterflies
on a buddleia flower, left.
Small tortoiseshells, red admirals, comma and peacock butterflies
feed at the top of the nettle stems, moths like nettles and some insects such as the nettle weevil only live in patches of the plant.
Maurice Pons reports male emperor moths with peacock butterflies
at Leasowe last week, and orange-tip butterfly there this week, with speckled wood in Liverpool.
And 14 peacock butterflies
have been spotted this year, with the first popping out just into the New Year, on January 3, even though they don't usually appear until early April.
Animal life has also been affected, with the UK Phenology network - a group of some 20,000 amateur naturalists - reporting sightings of frog-spawn, seven-spot ladybirds, and peacock butterflies
, which are all indicators of spring, at about half the level they were this time last year.
suffered a massive 89 per cent decline compared to 2011.
Richard Fox, surveys manager at Butterfly Conservation, said more common butterflies such as red admirals and peacock butterflies
are much more mobile than rare species, but could also be affected by changes to their habitat.
You could look out for frogspawn in streams and ponds, butterflies (peacock butterflies
which have deep red wings and peacock eyes are particularly busy in the spring), bluebells, caterpillars, catkins, dragonflies, or woodpeckers drumming in the trees.
SYLVIA MILLER watched comma, red admiral and peacock butterflies
in Waterloo Park, near Rimrose Valley, on Tuesday.