Purple Emperor

This large, stunning butterfly can be seen around woodlands where sallows (Goat and Grey Willows) grow from June to July but not often in London. Purple Emperor Facts: • They are a very elusive and under-recorded species, preferring to remain high up in the tree canopy. • It is only in the last 5-8 years that records have appeared in London which could suggest a recovery in numbers for this species. • Males are sometimes referred to as 'His Imperial Majesty' due to their stunning colour. • They will descend from treetops to feed on animal faeces and rotting material - those keen to see them up close will often use stinky materials to try and lure them down.
Purple Emperor - Credit Iain H Leach
Putney Heath
July 16, 2021