These days people enjoy parading in extravagant costumes and disguises. In the animal world some species use disguise or mimicry as a survival strategy. This enormous butterfly, with a wingspan of 14 cm, was watching us from the kitchen door with designs on its wings portraying four eyes and an approaching bird of prey. Frightening! Does anyone know the name of this species?

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    georges mertens said,

    het betreft Saturnia Pyri (zie of (de grote nachtpauwoog’

    leeft tot 3 winters als pop
    de rups eet diverse planten (van braam tot heide)
    de vlinder leeft van heidegebieden tot loofbossen
    het betreft een nachtvlinder (antennen niet draadvormig met knots)


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    Osho's Garden said,

    Thanks George for finding the species name of our visitor Saturnia Pyri, aka the Giant Peacock Moth, the largest European Moth.

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