Lesser purple emperor - Apatura ilia


Family: Nymphalidae

Flight Time: May-July

Size: mm

Altitude: 300-1300m

Like the Purple emperor, the upperside has orange ringed spots on forewing and hindwing. Photographed in Hungary 2006 by Mark Ogden.



Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Populus and Salix

Woodland clearings.

Lesser purple emperor distribution


Early Stages




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