Brownish and grey butterfly with black, orange and white markings and a blueish tinge resting on the ground

Purple Emperor. Photo: John Woodruff

John was one of the fortunate few to see and photograph the Purple Emperor at Garston Wood in June (photo taken on 23/06/2020) and one of his photos showing it with wings open was added to the Gallery at that time. He also sent in this photo at the same time and I felt that rather than add it to the Gallery then I would hold it back for winter and a time when we might need something to brighten the gloom.  I feel that time has now arrived and hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

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