His Majesty - the Purple Emperor

We were supposed to be food shopping but instead we 'popped' into Fermyn Woods and found it very hard to leave. Almost immediately, we stumbled upon our first Purple Emperor of the year resting on the ride in front of us. And as usual I found myself sitting down in the dirt amongst some very dubious smells!

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It wasn't long before we were joined by several parties of butterfly enthusiasts so we took a few more snaps and then left this rather obliging subject to his adoring fans.

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Walking through this beautiful woodland surrounded by ringlets, skippers, white admirals and meadow browns, to name just a few, was wonderful. Silver washed fritillaries were out in full force and we saw at least 5 white admirals.

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