Butterflies and Moths of North America

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European Peacock
Aglais io

Observation date: April 27, 2017
Date notes: Late April 2017
Submitted by: Naz
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: European peacock butterfly feeding on willows catkin spring slower
Status: Stray
Verified by: jmgesell
Verified date: April 04, 2022
Coordinator notes: This species is native to Europe and across Asia to Japan. It is up for debate on the status of this species in North America. Originally spotted here in the late 1990s, there were occasional reports scattered over the following decade or so, but then became more frequent in the late 2010s, particularly around the Montreal area. Due to this, it has been proposed that the species may now be established in and around Montreal. -jmgesell
Checklist region(s): Canada, Quebec