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Purple Emperor (Apatura iris)

Purple Emperor (Apatura iris)
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Copyright: Roy Pennock (roycp) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 12] (78)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 100mm L IS Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/13 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-25 13:26
Viewed: 2540
Points: 4
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I have spent the last 12 months researching this butterfly which is scarce in the UK especially in Essex.

This is a captive bred adult female, apologies if that offends any viewers but I have found it difficult to rationalise the decline of many UK butterflies and what might be possible with controled breed & release programs. Man created the problem, perhaps man can solve it?

Please let me know your thoughts - they appear to be highly polarised on the net.

Anyway, I'm looking for any information that might help hand pairing of this species and the pros and cons of breed & release programs.

Hopefully you can see I still love my photograpy but would like to give a little back.

Again, apologies if the thought of captive bred offends but my guess is that there will be a number of contributers to TrekNature that can help.

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To Belgerdy: Purple Emperorroycp 2 06-25 15:07
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hmmm usually when we try we upset a balance, though i cannot imagine what balance we would upset by helping a butterfly. For example we have reintroduced stork here in the netherlands and they are very successfull, but in turn they eat a lot of you waders like godwits which already have a difficult time. But as said, with a butterfly like this it is hard to imagine


Hi Roy,
A beautiful shot excellent focus giving great detail, good colours against a natural background.
Thanks for helping this species in the UK, one that one day I may get to see.
Many thanks, regards Bill

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