Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 764379

European Peacock
Inachis io

Observation date: January 15, 2013
Submitted by: Lysette85
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Was dead when found, in a factory in Central New York State.
Status: Unknown
Verified by: rosslayberry
Verified date: April 23, 2013
Coordinator notes: This is a very rare find. The Peacock Butterfly is known in North America, as far as I know, only from a few records in the Montreal area, in Quebec. It is believed to have come over on a boat; the first records were very near the docks. I have never heard of any records from New York State. It hibernates as an adult, like Mourning Cloaks, for example. This one tried to hibernate in the factory, but died. Ross Layberry
Checklist region(s): United States, New York, Cortland County