caterpillars' food plants are nettles and
Adults feed on nectar from
flowers such as thistles and
late summer they will also feed from over-ripe
upper wing is mostly red with black markings
and a large
yellow and purple eye spot at the tip.
Lower wings are red
with a dark blue eye spot
surrounded by a white ring. The
is dark reddish brown and usually covered
hairs. The underside is dark-brown or black
Male: 63 - 68 mm. Female: 67 - 75 mm
Almost anywhere in U.K. Hibernate in outbuildings.