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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The elusive purple emperor butterfly made its earliest appearance in 120 years, at Bookham Common, Surrey on June 11.
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.