emperor butterfly


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emperor butterfly

n.
Any of several nymphalid butterflies of the subfamily Apaturinae, especially the Eurasian species Apatura iris, the male of which has iridescent purple wings.
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Noun1.emperor butterfly - large richly colored butterflyemperor butterfly - large richly colored butterfly  
brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly - medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
Apatura, genus Apatura - large Old World butterflies
Apatura iris, purple emperor - large European butterfly the male of which has wings shaded with purple
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But the polarised weather, which saw the summer months hit by wet conditions, caused species such as the purple emperor butterfly - which laid hardly any eggs - to suffer.
However, the polarised weather, which saw the summer months hit by wet conditions in the north and a cold drought in central and eastern England, caused species such as the purple emperor butterfly to suffer.
The polarised weather, which saw a wet summer caused species such as the purple emperor butterfly to suffer.