High Weald

peacock_butterflyThe spectacular pattern of eyespots of the Peacock, Inachis io, evolved to startle or confuse predators, making it one of the most easily recognized and best known species. It is from these wing markings that the butterfly gained its common name.  It has been known as the Peacock or Peacock's Eye since 1699 but actually Owl would be more appropriate as can be seen if you have ever viewed one upside down!  From this vantage point the twin hndwings assume the image of an owl such as the Little Owl peering angrily from behind the forewings.

It ranges widely through the countryside, often finding its preferred habitats in the shelter of woodland clearings, rides, and edges.  Therefore you will more than likely come across this butterfly in any of the woods and forests in the High Weald.

The continuation of coppicing in the High Weald is increasing the clearings in woodlands and by managing woodlands in such a way ensures we will continue to see this popular butterfly in the High Weald.