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Mating?

Observed: 18th March 2012 By: DodgydougDodgydoug’s reputation in InvertebratesDodgydoug’s reputation in InvertebratesDodgydoug’s reputation in Invertebrates
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These two butterflies kept parting and then landing together tightly as though attempting to mate. Does anyone have any idea if this was what was actually happening? They were the first two butterflies seen on site so is it simply a case of inexperience?

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell (Inachis io, Aglais urticae)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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Comments

Refugee's picture

Oops

I think the tortoiseshell has made a mistake and will not succeed in mating this time.

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gramandy's picture

could.....

..we get a population of one eyed peacocks? - wont happen.

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Swing-wing

Are you sure they have not swung there wings back. They can show two or four spots by doing this.

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