Friday, November 22, 2019

Book Announcement...

Draft cover.  Currently scheduled to be launched on June 11th.  Price not determined yet.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Breeding Tip

At last I've worked out how to prevent captive iris larvae from crawling on to their sleeve: tie a wide band of moss around the branch, just before the neck of the sleeve. Bingo! Problem solved (I've lost a few wintering larvae in the sleeve neck over the years).

There's a hibernating 'pillar in the fork here (rather out of focus). I've only got two this year. I rear a few every year to keep me in contact with the butterfly and to indicate development progress in the wild.  

Sunday, November 3, 2019

2020 Purple Emperor Calendar

I haven't posted this year as for family reasons I had to move from Purple Paradise in Switzerland back to what is currently something of a Purple Desert in East Suffolk. But I've been following the season by proxy with interest.

For loyal subjects wishing to keep a note of all those purple-letter days next year or looking for a gift with a difference, I'm reproducing last year's calendar, illustrating all stages of His Majesty with three photos a month, all taken in the month they accompany. If you were kind enough to buy last year's calendar, I hope you were pleased with it. Please note these are the same pictures - I haven't been in a position to take new ones!

For more details and a preview of all months, please see HERE. I'm also selling a Swiss Butterflies calendar, HERE.

Apologies for the shameless plug - but I did make the Purple Emperor calendar specifically for contributors to this site!