While moving some firewood, Year 6 (Mrs. Dudley’s class) found this peacock butterfly. We thought it had just emerged from its cocoon but after looking it up in a wildlife guide, it is more likely that we disturbed it during hibernation.
After staying still for about 5 minutes, It flapped its wings and shook itself for a few minutes and then tried several times to fly. It only managed to fall to the floor but we carefully collected it each time and eventually, it took off and flew away over the classroom. Hopefully, it will find somewhere else safe to hibernate.