The Peacock Butterfly (family Nymphalidae), flies in two generations in the Midi, between the end of May and November and then diapauses until February. The butterfly overwinters, solitary or in a small group, in tree hollows, heaps of wood, crevices of rocks, ruins, barns, cellars or attics. When disturbed, it opens its wings abruptly and exposes the eyespots, thus deterring a predator or other. The female lays her green-pale eggs in series, amassed on the underside of nettle leaves.
Identified by Dr. Norman F. Johnson