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By annettep38  
Drone-flies and a peacock share the last nectar of the year. Last week we had 3 days of midday sunshine here at work, I took this the same day as the tipsy hornets.
The peacock looks a bit weather beaten, but it is still there, in mid November.

You guessed right, it is over now. Well almost..
A little information for Kate and all of you who like butterflies.
Some live only a week or ten days. Others, like the peacock here, actually hibernate in all sorts of well protected cavities, only showing their well camouflaged underside. They might live in your cellar or attic. We actuallly have some in our cellar. They will come back to life after the February frosts and re -emerge, feeding on sap and the first nectar. Now in autumn they also go for rotting grapes and apples. And the last peacocks of this year will die only after the new generation has emerged. The caterpillars feed on stingy nettles which I strongly approve of Smile.

many thanks again for your kind comments regarding the frosty winter images. I have submitted the image to the ongoing competition...

Tags: Butterfly Peacock Insect November Wildlife and nature

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AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 3:24PM
I haven't seen any here for weeks. A great late summer memory now! Smile

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20 Nov 2012 3:36PM
a good late summer find indeed and you had some good light to capture this fine detail and markings nice one Annette and god luck with the competition

20 Nov 2012 3:36PM
Wonderful close up Annette
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
20 Nov 2012 3:40PM
Amazing condition really given the weather for so many dreadful months! Good luck with the competition.

Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
20 Nov 2012 3:46PM
Well ragged but still colourful, Annette.

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 4:10PM
Ragged but still a wonderful butterfly, and an excellent image Annette
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 4:19PM
Lovely imageGrinGrin
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
20 Nov 2012 4:28PM
Well captured Annette.....

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
20 Nov 2012 4:29PM
They're making the most of the last offerings of the season! Fine colourful nature shot, Annette.
fentiger 16 916 24 England
20 Nov 2012 4:44PM
It is certainly the worse for wear nevertheless a fine capture.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 4:49PM
Ah well - there's always next yearWink

HELANA 7 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 5:03PM
Nicely capture Annette, your butterfly shots are all very good.
lovely macro shot great colours like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
20 Nov 2012 5:41PM
I love weather beaten - it is reality!! A really great photo Annette !! Still a beauty this one despite its one wing being compromised Smile GrinGrin
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
20 Nov 2012 6:07PM
Lovely. So close.
evelen 12 5 England
20 Nov 2012 6:26PM
beautiful capture .
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 6:57PM
Lots going on in this picture, great detail in the central overall butterfly, nice.

Mike_S 6 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 7:32PM
Delightful image.
zapar40 7 66 5 Wales
20 Nov 2012 7:45PM
its a jungle out there... lovely capture.
NeilWigan 7 16 16 England
20 Nov 2012 9:20PM
Hanging on to the end .
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 9:41PM

Quote:Hanging on to the end .

Only realised tonight re remark on TV that butterflies only live for three weeks.
Great nature image with all the critters!
20 Nov 2012 11:04PM
A great image of this beautiful butterfly.
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
20 Nov 2012 11:15PM
Informative image and text AnnetteSmile
21 Nov 2012 4:59AM
Beautiful. I missed ur upload during my journey back to India. I will catch up soon.
21 Nov 2012 6:44AM
Nice one!!! deep
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 8:11AM
Lovely busy insect scene. Don't be mean about nettles. I use nettle stings to relieve the pain and swelling of arthritic finger joints and will have to find a way of cultivating them or find a substitute when we move to Spain.
Tibetan 5 3 England
21 Nov 2012 1:34PM
Nice one from the archives Annette, we will all be delving in the spare hard drives soon, good detailed photo like it regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
21 Nov 2012 2:07PM
Very nicely captured Annette.

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
21 Nov 2012 5:06PM
A real survivor Annette, perhaps you will see this one again next spring
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
27 Nov 2012 6:49PM
A great macro, Annette -- and thanks for including the commentary on life span of butterflies.

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