Peocock butterfly caterpillar

I found this beautiful Peacock butterfly caterpillar yesterday!

These long caterpillars hatch within 2 weeks, spin a silk web and feed gregariously on young nettle leaves.

Peocock butterflies lay their eggs in May, they will then hatch into caterpillars in June and make a chrysalis is late June to July before emerging as a butterfly shortly after!

Lifecycle of a peacock butterfly

Peocock butterflies are common all over the UK as seen in the graph below!

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