SUNDAY 28th JUNE:Today, I spent 45 mins with a pristine Purple Emperor male aberration Iole, down on the main ride near the entrance to my beloved Straits Inclosure, in Alice Holt. Photos to follow. This realises an ambition of 40+ years standing. Iole has 2 tiny white spots, only. There are 3 specimens in the national collections.
It had not previously been photographed.
'If a man could pass through paradise as if in a dream, and be handed a flower as a pledge that he had truly been there; and if on leaving he was to find that flower in his hand. Ay! And what then?'. Coleridge (probably in an illegal state of mind).