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Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Nymphalidae - Limenitidinae and Apaturinae families -
(White Admiral and Purple Emperor only)

This page includes all the pictures of British White Admiral and Purple Emperor shown on the original sightings page

Links to species on this page . . .
White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)
Purple Emperor (Apatura iris)
Photo Library Index


Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

59.021 BF1584 - White Admiral

Limenitis camilla

Restricted Resident

White Admiral egg 2002 - Nick Sampford

White Admiral egg 2006 - Glen Barnes

White Admiral caterpillar 2006 - Glen Barnes

White Admiral egg on honeysuckle
© photo: Nick Sampford
11th July 2006
White Admiral egg
© photo: Glen Barnes
11th July 2006
White Admiral caterpillar
© photo: Glen Barnes

White-admiral caterpillar 2006 - Glen Barnes

Larvae 2005 - Andrew Middleton

White Admiral tent 2006 - Glen Barnes

18th July 2006
White Admiral Caterpiilar
© photo: Glen Barnes
30th May 2005
White Admiral larvae
© photo: Andrew Middleton
11th August 2006
White Admiral Tent
© photo: Glen Barnes

White Admiral 2010 - Phil MacMurdie

White Admiral 2010 - Tim Smith

Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Phil MacMurdie
Symondshyde
© photo: Tim Smith

White Admiral 2010 - Peter Clarke

White Admiral 2010 - Elizabeth Debenham

White Admiral 2010 - Robin Pearson

Knebworth Woods
© photo: Peter Clarke
Bricket Wood
© photo: Elizabeth Debenham
Bricket Wood
© photo: Robin Pearson

White Admiral 2010 - Clive Burrows

White Admiral 2010 - Clive Burrows

White Admiral 2010 - Laurence Drummond

Bricket Wood
© photo: Clive Burrows
Bricket Wood
© photo: Clive Burrows
Wormley Wood
© photo: Laurence Drummond

White Admiral 2007 - Bob Clift

White Admiral 2008 - Clive Burrows

White Admiral 2009 - Alan Reynolds

Broxbourne Wood
© photo: Bob Clift
Bricket Wood
© photo: Clive Burrows
Balls Wood
© photo: Alan Reynolds

White Admiral 2007 - Clive Burrows

White Admiral 2007 - Dave Mackenzie

White Admiral 2007 - Darin Stanley

Bricket Wood
© photo: Clive Burrows
Bricket Wood
© photo: Dave Mackenzie
Symondshyde Wood
© photo: Darin Stanley

White Admiral 2006 - Sandra Standbridge

White Admiral 2006 - Steve Lane

White Admiral 2007 - Andrew Wood

Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
© photo: Steve Lane Balls Wood 2007
© photo: Andrew Wood

White Admiral 2005 - Graham Elcombe

White Admiral 2005 - Steve Pash

White Admiral 2005 - Sandra Standbridge

Ruislip Woods
© photo: Graham Elcombe
Ruislip Woods
© photo: Steve Pash
Ermine Street
© photo: Sandra Standbridge

White Admiral 2003 - Nick Sampford

White Admiral 2005 - Barry Palfrey

White Admiral 2003 - Nick Sampford

Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Nick Sampford
Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Barry Palfrey

© photo: Nick Sampford

White Admiral 2001 - Andrew Middleton

White Admiral 2003 - Clive Burrows

White Admiral 2003 - Helen Bantock


© photo: Andrew Middleton

© photo: Clive Burrows

Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Helen Bantock

White Admiral probing a fly 2004 - Archie Lang

White Admiral 2004 - Glen Barnes

White Admiral 2004 - Malcolm Hull

White Admiral probing a fly
Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Archie Lang
Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Glen Barnes
Bricket Wood
© photo: Malcolm Hull

White Admiral 2003 - Nick Sampford

White Admiral 2005 - Lee Browne

White Admiral 2004 - Malcolm Hull


© photo: Nick Sampford
Bramfield Woods
© photo: Lee Browne
Bricket Wood
© photo: Malcolm Hull

White Admiral 2004 - Malcolm Hull

White Admiral 2004 - Archie Lang

White Admiral 2005 - Marion Moss

Bricket Wood
© photo: Malcolm Hull
Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Archie Lang
Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Marion Moss

White Admiral 2004 - Nick Sampford

White Admiral 2005 - Sandra Standbridge

White Admiral 2004 - Sandra Standbridge


© photo: Nick Sampford
Balls Wood
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
Balls Wood
© photo: Sandra Standbridge



Species Name

Scientific Name

Branch Status

59.022 BF1585 - Purple Emperor

Apatura iris

Restricted and Rare Resident

Purple Emperor egg 2005 - Andrew Middleton

Purple Emperor egg 26.7.05 - Andrew Middleton

Purple Emperor larvae 7.8.05 - Andrew Middleton

Purple Emperor Egg laid 17th July 2005
© photo: Andrew Middleton
Same egg but 9 days later with dark band well developed Egg 7th August 2005
© photo: Andrew Middleton
Purple Emperor larvae seen 7th August 2005 but hatched before 2nd laid 17th July on an adjacent leaf
© photo: Andrew Middleton

Purple Emperor larvae 2005 - Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor larvae 2005 - Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor Pupa 2005 - Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor Larvae (bred in captivity)
© photo: Nick Sampford
Purple Emperor Larvae (bred in captivity)
© photo: Nick Sampford
Purple Emperor Pupa (bred in captivity)
© photo: Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor larvae 2005 - Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor Larvae (bred in captivity)
© photo: Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2010 - Michael Hammerson

Purple Emperor 2010 - Michael Hammerson

2010
Broxbourne Wood NR
© photo: Michael Hammerson
2010
Broxbourne Wood NR
© photo: Michael Hammerson

Purple Emperor 2010 - Ian Phillips

Purple Emperor 2010 - Ian Phillips

Purple Emperor 2010 - Ian Phillips

2010
Broxbourne Wood NR
© photo: Ian Phillips
2010
Broxbourne Wood NR
© photo: Ian Phillips
2010
Broxbourne Wood NR
© photo: Ian Phillips

Purple Emperor 2010 - Laurence Drummond

Purple Emperor 2010 - Laurence Drummond

Purple Emperor 2010 - Sandra Standbridge

2010
Wormley Wood
© photo: Laurence Drummond
2010
Broxbourne Woods complex
© photo: Laurence Drummond
2010
Broxbourne Wood NR
© photo: Sandra Standbridge

Purple Emperor 2009 - Laurence Drummond

Purple Emperor 2009 - Laurence Drummond

Purple Emperor 2010 - Sandra Standbridge

2009
Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Laurence Drummond
2009
Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Laurence Drummond
2010
Broxbourne Wood NR
© photo: Sandra Standbridge

Purple Emperor 2009 - Jan Hein van Steenis

Purple Emperor 2009 - Jan Hein van Steenis

Purple Emperor 2009 - Laurence Drummond

2009
Broxbourne Wood
© photo: Jan Hein van Steenis
2009
Broxbourne Wood
© photo: Jan Hein van Steenis
2009
Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Laurence Drummond

Purple Emperor 2008 - Marc Arietti

Purple Emperor 2008 - Marc Arietti

Purple Emperor 2003 - Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor at Bishops Wood Country Park July 2008
© photo: Marc Arietti
Purple Emperor at Bishops Wood Country Park July 2008
© photo: Marc Arietti
12th July 2003
© photo: Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2008 - Nigel Agar

Purple Emperor 2008 - Nigel Agar

Purple Emperor 2008 - Pat Hayes

Purple Emperor at Fermyn Woods
© photo: Nigel Agar
Purple Emperor at Fermyn Woods
© photo: Nigel Agar
Purple Emperor at Potten End 2008
© photo: Pat Hayes

Purple Emperor 2003 - Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2003 - Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2003 - Nick Sampford

9th July 2003
© photo: Nick Sampford
9th July 2003
The classic shot
© photo: Nick Sampford
9th July 2003
The same butterfly but taken from a different angle so that the purple iridescence doesn't show
© photo: Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor nectaring on Self Heal 2006 - Sandra Standbridge

Purple Emperor on Sandra's leg 2006 - Sandra Standbridge

Purple Emperor 2007 - Bob Clift

Purple Emperor nectaring on Self Heal
"they aren't supposed to nectar!"
Northamptonshire 2006
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
Purple Emperor on Sandra's leg!
Broxbourne Woods 2006
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
7th July 2007
Broxbourne Wood
© photo: Bob Clift

Purple Emperor 2006 - Steve Lane

Purple Emperor 2006 - Andrew Wood

Purple Emperor 2006 - Geoff Horn

Northamptonshire 2006
© photo: Steve Lane
2nd July 2006
Balls Wood
© photo: Andrew Wood
5th July 2006
Broxbourne Woods 2006
© photo: Geoff Horn

Purple Emperor 2006 - Chris Lloyd

Purple Emperor 2006 - Chris Lloyd

Purple Emperor 2006 - Gillian Bladen-Clark

4th July 2006
Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Chris Lloyd
6th July 2006
Broxbourne Woods
© photo: Chris Lloyd
male 2nd July 2006
Tring Park
© photo: Gillian Bladen-Clark

Purple Emperor 2004 - Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2004 - Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2004 - Nick Sampford

10th July 2004
© photo: Nick Sampford
10th July 2004
© photo: Nick Sampford
10th July 2004
© photo: Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2003 - Lissa Smith

Purple Emperor 2003 - Lissa Smith

Purple Emperor 2004 - David Bradnum

7th July 2003
© photo: Lissa Smith
7th July 2003
© photo: Lissa Smith
3rd July 2004
© photo: David Bradnum

Purple Emperor 2004 - Glen Barnes

Purple Emperor 2004 - Glen Barnes

Purple Emperor 2004 - David Bradnum

6th July 2004
© photo: Glen Barnes
6th July 2004
© photo: Glen Barnes
3rd July 2004
© photo: David Bradnum

Purple Emperor 2005 - Tony Clancy

Purple Emperor 2005 - Andrew Middleton

Purple Emperor 2005 - Andrew Middleton

16th July 2005
© photo: Tony Clancy
29th June 2005
© photo: Andrew Middleton
7th August
A 'tired' female
© photo: Andrew Middleton

Purple Emperor 2005 - Clare Gray

Purple Emperor 2005 - June Crew

Purple Emperor 2005 - Mick Velasco

July 2005
© photo: Clare Gray
19th July 2005
A female - this individual died and will go to the North Herts Museum collection
© photo: June Crew
16th June 2005
A male seen in Martin's Green Carpark (off Cock Lane)
© photo: Mick Velasco

Purple Emperor 2005 - Paul Coyston

Purple Emperor 2005 - Clare Gray

Purple Emperor 2003 - Nick Sampford

21st July 2005
© photo: Paul Coyston
July 2005
© photo: Clare Gray
12th July 2003
© photo: Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2001 - Lissa Smith

Purple Emperor 2001 - Rachel Smith

Purple Emperor 2001 - Nick Sampford

15th July 2001
One of the first photos taken in Hertfordshire
© photo: Lissa Smith
15th July 2001
One of the first photos taken in Hertfordshire
© photo: Rachel Smith
Bentley Wood 2001
© photo: Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2002 - Lissa Smith

Purple Emperor 2002 - Lissa Smith

Purple Emperor 2002 - Lissa Smith

20th July 2002
© photo: Lissa Smith & family
20th July 2002
© photo: Lissa Smith & family
20th July 2002
© photo: Lissa Smith & family

Purple Emperor 2002 - Lissa Smith

Purple Emperor 2002 - Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2002 - Nick Sampford

20th July 2002
© photo: Lissa Smith & family
20th July 2002
© photo: Nick Sampford
28th July 2002
© photo: Nick Sampford

Purple Emperor 2005 - Sandra Standbridge

Purple Emperor 2005 - Sandra Standbridge

Purple Emperor 2005 - Sandra Standbridge

13th July 2005
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
7th July 2005
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
7th July 2005
© photo: Sandra Standbridge

Purple Emperor 2004 - Sandra Standbridge

Females sap run feeding 2005 - Barry Palfrey

Purple Emperor 2004 - Glen Barnes

9th July 2005
Female in dull weather
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
17th July 2005
Two females feeding on sap run
© photo: Barry Palfrey
6th July 2004
© photo: Glen Barnes

Purple Emperor 2004

Females on a sap run 2005 - Barry Palfrey

Females on a sap run 2005 - Barry Palfrey

9th July 2005
Female roosting on a thistle head in dull weather
© photo: Sandra Standbridge
17th July 2005
Two females feeding on sap run
© photo: Barry Palfrey
17th July 2005
Two females feeding on sap run
© photo: Barry Palfrey

Unless otherwise stated all photos are taken in the Broxbourne Woods complex in Hertfordshire. For many just getting a photo of a Purple Emperor is important and many are regarded as record shots and proof that a Purple Emperor was seen!
White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)
Purple Emperor (Apatura iris)
Photo Library Index

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