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Lesser Purple Emperor

Apatura ilia


Blue and black butterfly,with a dark orange stripe along the border of the wings ,when the ligth change we can see metalic blue shades.


Spotted in a recent burned area of huge Pseudotsuga's where just the bush and little trees burn,the majority of big trees escape without damages.


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Lesser Purple Emperor
Apatura ilia Apatura ilia - Wikipedia

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:-) Thanks Single D for your kind words.

Single D
Single D a year ago

Might have the word lesser but is certainly a beautiful specimen of this species.

Tukup a year ago

Nice catch António. As you say, they sit still for such a short time. Glad you got a nice clear picture. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks James :-)

JamesPriest2 a year ago

Beautiful Butterfly

Thanks Mauna for your nice words

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 2 years ago

Amazing colors on this!

Thanks Neil,it was the first time i spott one of these,it was a very breaf encounter ,she just still for a few moments and desapear

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Simply gorgeous. An amazing spotting, Antonio.

Thanks Danièle for the correction :-)

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Hi António! This is the smaller counterpart to the Purple Emperor. Together with the size here are two more differences: the forewing upper side's orange-ringed eye-spot of ilia, not present in iris, and orange tipped antennas for ilia, not iris.

Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Spotted on Jul 21, 2018
Submitted on Dec 27, 2018

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