The end of the fantastic 2017 Purple Emperor season is at hand... (unless, of course, they produce a second brood...)
I managed to see four males and two females at Knepp yesterday, July 20th, but only because I know precisely where to stand and look.
The good news is that last Tuesday night's apocalyptic thunderstorm (which lasted for two hours at Knepp) didn't knock them all out! The rain fell steadily, rather than in stair-rods, and crucially there was no damaging wind.
But the survivors looked like this final-day female -
Unless you are an experienced Emperorphile and know precisely where to stand and look it will not be worth travelling this weekend to see the butterfly. It's closing time.
Above all, please note that this website functions all year round, not just during the heady weeks of the Emperor flight season. In particular, I will give early indications of when the next brood is likely to emerge. Watch this space, and always look on the Purple side of life...