Friday, July 29, 2016

Cotgrave update

Notts must now be the most northerly location for Purple Emperors, following their probable release in Cotgrave Woods, four or five years ago. The purists would certainly not approve of such activities, however, as an enthusiast who is used to travelling 60 miles to Fermyn Wood to see Emperors, it is wonderful to be able to see them surviving, if not thriving, in local woodland. The first emergence was on July 14th in the county and, here, they behave like "Fermyn" Emperors with lots of groundings and trouserings etc. The male below landed on my shoulder, trousers and boot before it rested in the foliage, nearby, on July 19th, and resumed the attack, as I moved on. As we have enjoyed very good weather since the emergence, with 2/3 sightings on most visits, hopefully, they will have a good year and we will continue to enjoy Notts Emperors.

3 comments:

Matthew Oates said...

Thanks Richard. Irrespective of origins, this is a welcome good news story. But this butterfly is spreading naturally, northwards and eastwards, and is also infilling within its established range - most notably by turning up in suburbia.

Also, we're getting much better at looking for it and finding it...

I'm still a little cross and disappointed not to turn it up in Herefordshire this year...

Kirsty Taylor said...

Good to hear Richard

dennis said...

we are delighted with this seemingly successful introduction richard: congratulations!
I'm especially pleased, because part of my family live in sheffield so maybe I have a habitat not too far from them where I can see iris