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Austria’s fauna: Peacock Butterfly

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This new series is devoted to the animals native to Austria. The first stamp in the series shows a butterfly that is found both in the wild and in gardens, the well-loved Peacock Butterfly. Inachisio is a member of the Nymphalidae family, and its intensive colour and markings make it one of the most attractive butterflies in these latitudes. It is to be found in Asia and throughout Europe, with the exception of Scandinavia. Its red to reddish brown wings have a span of up to 5-6 cm, and bear the typical large, usually black and blue imitation eye intended to frighten off enemies. The butterfly's undersigned is dark, making it almost invisible as it rests on a dark background.

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