Purple Emperor larva No 1001 was found yesterday at Marwell Zoo, by the leopard enclosure. I'm particularly proud of this find, though the Marwell car park and woods has long been a good site for iris - I worked it during the late 1980s.
There's a wooden walkway which skirts the leopard enclosure, running along the edge of a stand of old caprea-type sallows - at just the right height for sallow searching... This is what was going on in the leopard enclosure -
Greater violence takes place over the nearby oaks in July...
What we really need at Marwell is a Violent Butterfly Inclosure: a massive netted flight area, containing tall oaks and aerial walkways, planted up with sallows and strawberry tree, and well stocked with Purple Emperor and the Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius, only. Male Emperors would have a fantastic time kicking the living daylights out of Two-tailed Pashas... If Marwell wont do it, Knepp certainly will... Bring it on!