I’ve got butterflies…

…And I don’t mean the nervous kind! I mean actual fluttering butterflies!

We have had quite a number of butterflies hibernating in the house through the winter. I’ve read online that some species seek shelter in order to hibernate through the colder months, laying dormant to use little energy. Around the time the windows and doors were removed and re-sized, the weather started to get colder and the openings remained boarded up for a few months before the new windows were fitted. This is when the butterflies started arriving and on the ceiling they have remained all the way through the winter.

However, spring has now sprung and a few weekends ago we were lucky enough to have a stint of gloriously warm weather. This meant the butterflies woke up so to speak and wanted to go. Before we arrived at the house unfortunately many had already died, I’m not really sure why this is as googling it has so far proved unavailing. We therefore had a butterfly rescue mission on our hands. We opened all of the windows and went round the house gently picking them up and putting them outside in a bid to set them free. I have since read that a spell of warm weather can mean butterflies come out of hibernation too early.  It then occurred to me that perhaps we shouldn’t have put the butterflies outside, but they can seek shelter in other places such as sheds and tree trunks etc if the weather turns again.

This weekend however, we came across a butterfly we saw many months ago and haven’t seen since. We first saw the butterfly when taking the ceilings down and out flew the butterfly from the ceiling. I have no idea how long it’s been in the house, but it was huge! We chased after the butterfly trying to get a pic but it flew away and we haven’t seen it since. Until this weekend that is! This time we managed to get a pic of it as we carefully placed it outside. We have done some investigating online and have discovered it is a peacock butterfly. Apparently this species is a fairly common one, but I’m no butterfly expert and I’ve never seen a butterfly this size before. I’ve read the wing span range can be up to 69mm and that when under threat, peacock butterflies rub their wings together making a hissing sound which is even audible to humans.