The Scarlet Peacock Butterfly - Anartia Amathea

Scarlet Peacock Butterfly on Blood flower or Milkweed

Butterfly milk weed is loved by the Scarlet Peacock butterfly.
Butterfly milk weed is loved by the Scarlet Peacock butterfly. | Source

Scarlet Peacock and Brown Peacock Butterflies

I want to share with you some photos and information about a very beautiful butterfly called the Scarlet Peacock butterfly. There is also a version of it that has more brown colors than red, called the Brown Peacock butterfly. I think they are beautiful and enjoy seeing them whenever I can.

Some of the details about these butterflies include the following details. The order is lepidoptera, and the family is Nymphalidae. The genus is Anartia, while the species is Amathea. Thus the Anartia Amathea following the more common name in the title of the hub.

So the brown and red varieties look almost identical except for the scarlet version being a deeper red. The brown variety is exact in its design, and looks to be almost a more washed out look or coloring. It is very lovely though, all the same.

The Scarlet Peacock Butterfly - Anartia Amathea

The Scarlet Peacock Butterfly on a leaf.  One of the times I saw one in person, and I was so happy to see it!
The Scarlet Peacock Butterfly on a leaf. One of the times I saw one in person, and I was so happy to see it! | Source

More Details about the Scarlet Peacock Butterfly

The general design is like you see in these photos, with the majority of color nearer to the body of the butterfly. On the outsides of the wings you see a black or dark brown color, dotted with white spots. The design is more complicated than that, but you get the idea.

You can find these lovely butterflies in their natural habitats in South America. Some of the places that you can find these beautiful butterflies in, include Panama, Trinidad, the Caribbean Islands, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, the Brazilian Highlands, and the Eastern Amazon.

The Scarlet Peacock - Anartia Amathea.  This is another time I was lucky enough to see one in person, it made my day!
The Scarlet Peacock - Anartia Amathea. This is another time I was lucky enough to see one in person, it made my day! | Source

Some Behaviors of the Scarlet Peacock Buttterfly

There are several kinds of flowers that the Scarlet Peacock butterfly loves to drink nectar from. Well, to be more accurate, they use their proboscis to drink the nectar like a straw. The way this works is that blood forces the curled up proboscis to straighten out and it is then used like a straw. You can see this process in one of the videos I posted in this article, and it is worth watching as it is very interesting. Sometimes it happens so fast that it is hard to see it.

One of the flowers they like is lantana, one of my favorite flowers to grow in my butterfly garden. It is a great flower for butterfly gardens as many butterflies love it. There are some other flowers that are beautiful and interesting tropical ones like the purple popping pod, and Odontonema Cuspidatum, and many more.

The Scarlet Peacock can be seen in large groups of over 100 butterflies! This would be quite a sight to see. They love the heat and sunshine like many butterflies. What is a little more surprising is that they will fly in the rain, even rains howers, but also like dry areas. You can locate them in glades, orchards, and forest clearings, just to name a few.

This is a picture inside of the conservatory where I have seen these butterflies.  They thrive in a warm and tropical environment.
This is a picture inside of the conservatory where I have seen these butterflies. They thrive in a warm and tropical environment. | Source

Scarlet Peacock drinking nectar from Lanata Flowers and resting on leaves

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Scarlet Peacock Butterfly on leaves and Lantana Flowers

Some of the Places to see Scarlet and Brown Peacock Butterflies in their Natural Environment

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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Neat butterfly and photos. The videos were cool too. I liked the second one when it was sunning itself, plus the music. I voted up shared and pinned.

Kevin


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Kevin, thank you so much for your comment and visit to one of my butterfly hubs! I love them, and think they are beautiful, like the birds I have learned more about in your hubs. :) Thanks for your vote and shares.

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