59.022 .... B&F 1584
Purple Emperor Apatura iris (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....The origins of the present populations of this magnificent Butterfly in Nottinghamshire are uncertain, although they are generally regarded as being from released stock. Genuine wild Purple Emperors were last known from Wellow Park many years ago and there has been an attempt to reinstate them there again in the last few years. Whatever the origins of the butterflies photographed by Michael Walker at Cotgrave Forest below are, they make a welcome re-addition to the county's fauna and certainly attracted large numbers of visitors to see them in 2017. Our thanks go to Michael Walker for kindly allowing us to use his photographs. The lower four show a rare example of the known abberration lugenda.
Photographed at Cotgrave Forest July 2017
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Purple Emperor
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Michael Walker. NBGRC.

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Updated February 2018

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