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Purple Emperor


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Purple Emperor
Purple Emperor
Purple Emperor
Purple Emperor
Purple Emperor
The purple emperor is a distinctive species of butterfly, found in woodlands across Europe. The purple emperor is most well known for the bright blue-purple markings of the wings of the male purple emperor butterflies.

The purple emperor is most commonly found throughout central Europe and in the warmer, southern regions of the United Kingdom. The purple emperor is found inhabiting ancient forests and deciduous woodlands where the adult purple emperors spend most of their lives hidden high up in the trees.

Despite the name, it is only the male purple emperor butterflies that are actually of a purple looking colour. The females purple emperors are much duller in appearance with a generally brown wingspan, a few white markings and a small orange circle on each of it's hind wings (the males are very similar only with the added purple sheen).

Female purple emperors spend most of their lives in the tree canopy coming down only to lay their eggs. Male purple emperor butterflies also spend much of their time in the tree tops, defending their territory from rivals, though they will sometimes descend in order to drink from puddles or feed.

Unlike most butterflies, the purple emperor does not feed from flowers but instead on the honeydew secreted by aphids and on dung, urine and animal carcasses, as well as the sap from oak trees.

Eggs are laid by the female purple emperors in late summer on the upper side of leaves, which the purple emperor caterpillars hatch out of. The purple emperor caterpillars are green with white and yellow markings and have two large horns, and soon undergo the incredible transformation from young to caterpillar to adult butterfly.

Today, purple emperor butterflies are threatened in their natural habitats from factors including chemical and noise pollution and even complete habitat destruction in the form of deforestation.


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Purple Emperor Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Arthropoda
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Insecta
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Lepidoptera
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Nymphalidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Apatura
Common Name:
Most widely used name for the species...
Purple Emperor
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Apatura Iris
Found:Britain and Europe
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
6.2cm - 7.4cm (2.4in - 2.9in)
Number of Species:
The total number of recorded species...
1
Average Lifespan:1 - 6 months
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Purple, Blue, Brown, Black, White, Orange, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Hair
Favourite Food:Larvae
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Deciduous woodland
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
100
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Larvae, Sap, Dung
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Bats, Frogs, Birds
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Long, curled tongue and brightly coloured wings

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