While in Lady Stormonts butterfly and wildlife garden on Thursday afternoon I spotted so many of these beautiful Peacock butterflies. The gardens are open to the public if you are visiting Scone Palace here in Perth. Their favourite flower seemed to be this large yellow Inula daisies. I’m not sure which variety it is but it could possibly be Inula magnifica as its about 4- 5 feet tall.
I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is mine. ~ Psalm 50:11
Up until Thursday I had only seen one Peacock butterfly all season and none at all in my garden. Edit to add that since I’ve been gardening today there have been four peacocks in my own garden! Anyway back to Lady Stormont’s garden …I had nearly given up seeing one this year. I thought that our harsh winter had killed all the adults that were hibernating. But thankfully that hasn’t been the case as this garden was full of them.
You can see that Peacock butterflies have a very distinctive eye pattern on their wings. These markings fool predators into thinking that there are a pair of big eyes looking back at them. Hopefully that will scare them off and give the butterfly time to flee.
Its all in the eye of the beholder. Isn’t God’s creation just amazing!