Today, Neil and I led a Purple Emperor safari at Knepp Wildlands. The group of 16 set off at 10.15 and finished at 4.30, having taken an hour off for a champagne, caviar and cake lunch.
Every member of the group saw at least 100 Emperors. Neil ended the day on 126, I finished on 120.
The all-time record day count is 134 by me in Fermyn Woods on July 15th 2013, in a 13 hour marathon. The Duckworth-Lewis method tells us that had we put that amount of time in today at Knepp we would have seen 160-175.
The highlight of the day was Herself, who posed for five minutes 8' up in a sallow bush for the entire group. Here she is -
This hangove ris going to be serious...