Animals of Eure – Aglais io, European peacock butterfly

All photographs were made by myself. The German name for this butterfly is Tagpfauenauge, which translates to “daily eye on the tail of a peacock”. The French name is Paon-du-jour which means “peacock of the day”. And yes, there are peacocks of the night as well, but I never saw one.

I used to have a huge pasture in Morsan, which I kept half “natural”, meaning I didn’t cut all the stinging nettles and thistles in summer, while the sheep were elsewhere on the other half of the property. Peacock butterflies love thistles (and butterfly-bushes).

Tagpfauenauge Morsan
The first peacock butterfly I was able to shoot in Morsan with my old point and shoot camera in April 2013.
Aglais io
This one is from July 2015 also in Morsan. Took this with a Canon 60D. You can see the thistle field and in the bokeh a yellow insect on another thistle flower.

In Beaumont-le-Roger we don’t have as many thistles. And the next butterfly bush was this year at the other end of the road. I saw one peacock butterfly in spring.

Peacock butterfly
That’s the underside of the wings in March 2022 in Beaumont-le-Roger, taken with a Canon 6D.
Peacock butterfly in grass
The same butterfly hiding in grass. There aren’t many flowers here in March.

As usual you can find more about peacock butterflies on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aglais_io

Animals of Eure – Pararge Aegeria, Speckled wood butterfly

This is probably a harmless topic. 😉 All photographs were made by myself. In German this butterfly is called: Waldbrettspiel, which translates to “board game of the forest”. The French call it Tircis.

Waldbrettspiel
Speckled wood, Pararge aegeria seen in Morsan in September 2014. This is the underside of the wings.

Pararge aegeria
Speckled wood, Pararge aegeria seen in Morsan in June 2015. This is the upper side of the wings.
Speckled wood on hawthorn
A speckled wood butterfly seen in Morsan in August 2015
Speckled wood on a rotting pear
A speckled wood butterfly foraging on a pear in Morsan in September 2015.
speckled wood on white cedar
Speckled wood butterfly seen in Morsan in October 2015.
speckled wood on a horse chestnut leaf
Speckled wood butterfly seen in Morsan in October 2015
speckled wood on hawthorn
Speckled wood butterfly on a hawthorn tree in Morsan in October 2015
Speckled wood
Speckled wood, Pararge aegeria seen in Saint-Victor-d’Épine in September 2021. That means they are still around.
Flying around one another
Two speckled wood butterfies, flying around each other in Saint-Victor-d’Épine in September 2021

I’ve seen speckled wood butterflies in Beaumont-le-Roger as well. But didn’t get any photos.

You can find more about Speckled wood butterflies on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speckled_wood_(butterfly)

Round bales of straw look like Easter Island statues to me

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Maybe I’m a bit strange. So many things look beautiful or exotic to me. I take far too many photographs. Round bales of straw, that lie around on the fields in August, look like Easter Island statues to me. I know they don’t have faces. That’s not what makes them so statuesque in my opinion. They were made by humans, they are quite big and they change the view of the landscape.

I took so many photographs in August, over 200, that it took ages to sort them. I got a lot of work atm. My situation didn’t really advance. But it’s pointless to complain. I’d rather show you a gallery of straw roll statues (with dogs).

Dogs and cats

I don’t really know why some people dislike either cats or dogs (speciesism!). My cats and dogs don’t seem to have a problem with the other species. Miniputz goes for walks with me and the dogs. She and Schlafmütz sleep with the dogs on my bed or on the sofas. Yes, I admit it, we’re like in Off the Leash. And Rudi and Farbexplosion think they are father and daughter. Sometimes they got different ways of amusing me and themselves though. Miniputz and Schlafmütz are now both convinced they are Marquises. They spend a lot of time in the castle, when I’m cleaning it. While the dogs prefer to stay outside and walk with me.

Miniputz kneads the air on a baroque chaise longue and purrs. She thinks that’s where she should be. Sadly we won’t be here very much longer. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Bach is proud of this old apple tree. I guess he marked it. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

You think he has a lot of tongue? That’s nothing, compare the top ten tongues-quiz at Animalcouriers.

Mütz checks if I cleaned the stairs. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

And Phex checks the lawn. He seems to approve it. Phew I’m glad. He’s such a good employer, no wait, he’s only my dog. Dang. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Miniputz stares at me. Have I been too loud? Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Rudi is exploring the garden of friends in the village. The children have decorated this wonderful old cider mill. The decoration represents an alley and a house. I think it’s some kind of fairy tale setting. The prince walks over the beam that holds the mill stone, to the castle in the centre. All the little fairy tale trees are in full bloom. The princess is waiting at the castle, probably drinking tea or whatever princesses do. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

With the photograph above Rudi made his way into Wikimedia Commons again. Pspsps, don’t tell anyone.

And if Frauchen compels you to go a mile over the pasturage, go with her two and don’t forget the bushwhacker. (Brad 5:41) Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Rudi at the well. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

We had loads of rain in Mai. I got serious problems to poison the bad herbs on the gravelwalk. It’s not always raining all day long, but every day a bit.

On May 8 we had a surprise when we were walking through the fields. There was some sun, chased by clouds in dark Payne’s grey. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Payne’s grey was always one of the colours I loved the most, I just had to mention it in a post.

The bank of dark clouds is coming nearer. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

The the clouds started to pour buckets of water on us. We were soaking wet in some seconds. Luckily the camera survived. We were on top of the hill when Rudi decided he needs to shit. Thunder rolled and lightning was flashing and Rudi tried to shit. I got to add, that he has some health problems and can’t shit normally anymore, but he sometimes has the feeling, that he needs to shit. That was not really the right time and place for senseless pressing at the side of the road.

Back at home Phex and Rudi immediately climbed on the sofa. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Blossoms and dogs. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Bach on the meadow behind the castle. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Miniputz, the dangerous predator of the jungle. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Miniputz, the fearless rider on her big horse Frauchen. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Miniputz, the shepherd. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Tangophex. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Phex in a strange position. he has lots of place for his business. Own photo on Flickr, licence: CC by-SA/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported