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European Peacock
Catalogue Number:  268
Block Gutter Design:  Karol Felix
Block gutter Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Date of Issue:  June 26, 2002
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Rotary recess printing combined with recess printing
Size of Impression:  40.0 mm x 23.0 mm
Print Run:  100,000
FDC Design:  Karol Felix
FDC Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Cancellation Design:  Karol Felix with Old World Swallowtail on the cancellation
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
FDC Print Technology:  offset
FDC Print Run:  6,000

European Peacock - lnachis io (peacock family - Nymphalidae)

We can identify European Peacock Butterfly by garish eye-spot pattem on the front wings. The eye-spots frighten off the enemies. This butterfly occurs in dry and hot stands from lowlands to hills. It formns two generations (from March to May, and from August to autumn). It hibernates in ceilings, cellars, hollow trees, and other protected places. In mildly weather it begins to fly very soon. The female does not lay eggs earlier than in May. Black caterpillars covered with spiky horns feed mostly on nettle leaves. Butterflies hatch from pupas at the end of June.

RND llja Okáli, CSc

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