The purple emperor
butterfly was spotted at the National Trust's Bookham Common, Surrey, on June 11, its earliest appearance since 1893.
But veteran trees were damaged by the storms that raged across the UK at the beginning of the year, while purple emperor
and purple hairstreak butterflies did badly.
But the polarised weather, which saw the summer months hit by wet conditions, caused species such as the purple emperor
butterfly 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.
A) Albo Mediovariegatum, B) Gooseberry Fool, C) Herbstfreude, D) Purple Emperor
, E) Spect.
Most of the pubs in Harlow are named after butterflies - very good Abbot Ale in the Willow Beauty, half-decent white wine in the Purple Emperor
, I seem to recall - but visitors got the wrong idea about the Painted Lady so the brewery changed it to the Jean Harlow, after the 1930s actress.
You will be delighted when Barkham locates the purple emperor
and you won't begrudge him the thrill of seeing the Queen of Spain fritillary (an off-list bonus, whose arrival on these shores is compared to an angel's visit).
Butterfly species the Chalkhill Blue and the Purple Emperor
can still be seen fluttering around the South and East of England, but they are extinct here in the Midlands.
Pyrgus is reluctantly dealing with becoming the Purple Emperor
after his father's death, but the evil Hairstreak has revived him to a zombie puppet-like existence, and stepbrother Comma is to become emperor instead.
Bumblebees appeared in January due to mild conditions, spring flowers bloomed early, storms and warm seas brought Portuguese man o'war and bluefin tuna to UK waters and purple emperor
butterflies were on the wing unusually early.
More immediately positive signs were gleaned from Campanologist (Kerrin McEvoy), who showed a nice turn of foot at the end of his exercise with Purple Emperor
Frankie Dettori returns to the saddle after a suspension and he can make it a winning comeback aboard Godolphin's Purple Emperor
in the Renault Trafic Maiden Stakes.