Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)
Picture taken below the M8 motorway, on the outskirts (West) of Glasgow, Scotland.
August 7th 2009.

Verrrrrry long story behind this shot: (you’ve been warned)

I stumbled across this little beauty on an area of waste ground below the M8 motorway, on the outskirts of Glasgow, while I was taking some pictures for wee project I’m doing on graffiti and street art.
I was in the process of changing lenses for a shot, when I just happened to look up and see him/her sitting 4 or 5 feet away on some grass.
Too good an opportunity to miss I thought.
Unfortunately this particular Peacock butterfly was a little camera ‘shy’.
Every time I got within any kind of shooting distance, off he or she flew, just far enough away to keep me interested.
After about 10 minutes of me carefully watching and following through long grass and overgrown bushes, he/she finally settled down on THIS rather uninspiring piece of ground, just long enough for me to fire off 2 quick shots before disappearing into the distance.

I searched in vain for another 10 minutes or so, before giving in and returning to my original project, feeling pretty disappointed with my efforts.

A full 30 minutes later I spotted another one. I wasn’t even sure whether or not to bother but …….
Anyway, this one pretty much just sat down and posed on some nettles for about a minute or so and I managed to get a few frames that I was relatively happy with. (See other image of same name)

It wasn’t until I got home and looked at all the images in more in detail, that I noticed the exact same little ‘bite’ out of the tip of the left hind wing of both butterflies. see other shot.

I guess he or she must have got over the initial shyness, felt a bit sorry for me, and come back for a few more shots.



  • Sarah-fiona Helme
    Sarah-fiona Helmeabout 5 years ago

    Well worth all the patience and chasing – lovely sharp shot and it looks good in it’s setting.

  • Thanks Sarah-fiona. Always a nice to hear from you.

    – Ward McNeill

    MATT BAILEYalmost 3 years ago

    I do like your photo, But I prefer your Avatar pic. Nice pic!

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