Not found in the UK. There are two forms of this magnificent butterfly - the blue form ilia and the orange-brown form clytie, the latter is more commonly encountered in southern regions of its distribution.
Size and Family
- Family: Nymphalids
- Size: Large
- Wing Span Range (male to female): 55-70mm
- Butterfly Conservation priority: Low
- European Status: Not threatened
Caterpillars feed on Populus species, very rarely also on Salix. The caterpillars are usually found on Aspen (Populus tremula).
Woodland and forests often near rivers or damp areas.
- Restricted in north Spain, France and eastwards across central Europe southwards to northern Greece.
- Distribution Trend Since 1970s: N/A
Lesser Purple Emperor - Tamás Nestor