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Butterflies in December

18/12/2012 11:51:35

Peacock butterfly seen in Herefordshire on 18th December 2012.

Peacock butterfly in December

December 2012. Was driving along today (December 18th), a nice sunny day with temperatures hovering around 7-8 degrees, when something fluttered across my bows. Unfortunately, I was armed with only a mobile phone camera, so my apologies for the quality, but the image does show a peacock butterfly.

Although it is quite unusual, several butterflies can sometimes be seen flying in the UK, even in mid-winter. Peacock and Red admirals are probably the most common, and small tortoiseshell can be found sheltering in houses and other building. 

Read more about wintering and hibernating butterflies and moths with Butterfly Conservation.

Let us know if you have seen anything unusual or untimely. Add something below, or email the editor. 

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Christmas Day 2013 Butterfly

this lovely butterfly appeared in my brother in laws bedroom yesterday Christmas Day

Posted by: moira smith | 26 Dec 2013 21:26:56

December Butterfly

I was shocked to find a butterfly flying around my landing this evening it appears to be a small tortoiseshell i caught it in a cup and released it outside on my path to find it had about turned and flown back in my house i now have a lodger lol

Posted by: Julie Pownall | 03 Dec 2013 21:04:33

Butteflies and waxwings near Doncaster

I saw a peacock butterfly in December 2012,near Brodsworth pit tip area,had no camera to confirm this at the time, but always carry 1 now.

We had 50 waxwings sited in our street emley drive scawsby ,on 1st jan 2013, they stayed local for 4 days,this is only second time i have seen waxwings,the first ones were near broadsworth pit tip in December of 2011.there were approx 25.
Both are near Doncaster

Posted by: Powell Ettinger | 08 Jan 2013 11:09:28

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