Butterfly in my kitchen

Not sure where to post this.  Just had the strangest experience, a butterfly suddenly appeared fluttering in my kitchen.  Dark red/brown colour, big, didn’t look like a moth, but if it was it was enormous.  Anyone else seen butterflies at this time of the year?  Am in Scotland, so not exactly warm!!


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  • It was probable a Peacock, they do hibernate over winter and are seen out on warmer days. 
  • twopenny
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    Could be
    Or could be a Hawk Moth. They will be attracted to light.

    Butterflies fold their wings together when resting.
    Moths leave them spread out.

    But a lot of butterflies/moths hibernate in dry places and some warmth will bring them out.
    Seems one may have been hibernating in or near your kitchen.
    What a lovely surprise for christmas :):smile:

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  • I had a bumble bee in my garden on Christmas day
  • twopenny said:
    Could be
    Or could be a Hawk Moth. They will be attracted to light.

    Butterflies fold their wings together when resting.
    Moths leave them spread out.

    But a lot of butterflies/moths hibernate in dry places and some warmth will bring them out.
    Seems one may have been hibernating in or near your kitchen.
    What a lovely surprise for christmas :):smile:
    A butterfly then, as its wings were together when resting.  No idea where it appeared from, certainly gave me a shock
  • jackieblack
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    How lovely! 🥰
    I occasionally find a huge slug (the size of my index finger) in my kitchen - I have no idea how they get in! 🤷🏻‍♀️
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    I found a small snail on the windowsill over the radiator.
    The room is inside 3 doors and I definitely haven't had the windows open. Shows its even too wet for snails out there.

    Once had a frog sat in front of the fire. That took some chasing out!

    The butterfly is most likely a small tortoishell which hibernate.
    But Red admiral does too, and peacocks.

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  • Grenage
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    I often find red admirals in my wood store over winter.  The weather has been exceptionally mind this month, so some creatures might be getting confused.
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