A Peacock butterfly was one of the last summer butterflies to visit New Lanark Roof Garden during a short warm spell at the end of September. We can see how it got its name from the large eye shapes on its wings reminiscent of the pattern on a peacock bird. The butterfly’s glowing eyespots are thought to be a defensive mechanism to trick predators into thinking it’s a much larger creature. The autumn nights are drawing in now, but it’s not all bad news, especially for the star gazers among you! You can start now to enjoy the night sky providing that the skies are clear. This month Jupiter is not visible, but Venus appears as a bright morning star. Look out for the Orionid meteor shower, due around 20-21 October near the constellation (star-shape) Orion in the southern sky. Orion is the imaginary hunter with his sparkling belt and starry sword!
Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger