View of a black and white butterfly with a purple sheen resting on the ground

Purple Emperor. Photo. Tom Smith

A wonderful find by Tom who has very kindly agreed to let us copy this photo he posted on WhatsApp with the following comments:

This male Purple Emperor turned up on our walk in Chase Woods near Sixpenny Handley today, 03/07/2020.  We’ve been visiting these woods for about 7 years now and this is our first sighting of one.

Our Dorset BC Records Officer, Bill Shreeves has also told us that Chase Wood was where the revival of Dorset Purple Emperors started and they seem to have successfully spread to Garston Wood where the RSPB are making a big effort with their sallows to retain them.

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