Papilionoidea

Apaturinae

Imago
Genus
Apatura
Species
iris
Author/Year
Linnaeus, 1758
English Vernacular
Purple Emperor
French Vernacular
Le Grand Mars changeant
Annual Flight Period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Wingspan: 75-85mm

Imago: Still a relatively common species here in the large tracts of mature oak woodland.  Love seeing it as it brings back memories of forays into the Savernake Forest with the late Roy Stockley.

Larva: Feed on broad leaved sallow (Salix caprea).

Overwinter: As a larva

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Imago