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European Peacock - Aglais io

A colorful butterfly with uniquely colored large eyelike circles. This butterfly is of European origin established in the Montreal area recently. It appears early in the spring.

Common Names

  • European Peacock (en)
  • Pavo real (es)
  • Paon-du-jour (fr)
  • Tagpfauenauge (de)


  • Lepidoptera
  • Nymphalidae
  • Aglais io

Where & When to Spot

During spring almost everywhere around Montreal. I saw my first individuum in Park Pointe aux Prairies.

How to Identify

The size and color of the large circles on the back of the animal, imitating eyes of a larger animal, are unique in shape and color.


European Peacock

European Peacock

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2019-05-06

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/4000; Aperture f7.1; Iso 2500;

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