Never heard of it? That’s not really surprising. They were virtually extinct in the UK but have been seen again recently and in our area too!
Purple Emperor Butterflies are a woodland species, liking sallow and oak in particular and it’s been reported there are quite a few in Sherwood Forest. They are one of our largest butterflies with a wingspan of up to 8.4cms and they are dazzlingly beautiful. If you catch one in a shaft of sunlight, the fluorescence is stunning. Even the pupae fluoresce under UV light and special UV torches have been used in Sherwood to help locate them.

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