Peacock

I received a request via the web site from a lady in Australia who was looking for any shots of Bigods Farm and house as she is related to a John Jenour who was apparently given Bigods by Henry VIII.

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I take a lot of photographs every day, but rarely publish more than one or two. Indeed I have a lot of photographs that I haven’t even processed which seems a shame, so here’s, hopefully, the first of a few catch up posts.

Yesterday we had a great walk around Rowney Wood, a lovely wood between Thaxted and Saffron Walden – you’ll find it almost opposite the main entrance to Carver Barracks as you head towards Debden in Essex. We spent around an hour strolling around the woods and saw many species of butterfly, all of which are shown in this image.

Of the butterflies going clockwise from top left we have:

  • Red AdmiralĀ (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
  • Large SkipperĀ (Ochlodes faunu)
  • Comma (Polygonia c-album)
  • Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
  • Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

There was a species of butterfly that we often see in the woods but didn’t see yesterday which is the Peacock (Aglais io)…that’s the caterpillar you see here – there were hundreds of these busily devouring nettle leaves.


We have been inundated with Peacock butterflies over the last few weeks in our garden in Great Dunmow. Despite the cats best efforts at catching them they have continued to visit the budlea that they seem so fond of.

I really liked this main picture, because you really don’t see many shots of Peacock butterflies from this angle:

Of course, it would be wrong not to show you the butterfly in all its splendour as well:

A Peacock Peacock on our wall in Great Dunmow