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Old Monday 23rd January 2017, 22:09   #1
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lesser purple emperor in the Loire

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Has anyone got any good sites for lesser purple emperor in the Loire? I will be there about the 10th August so I presume it'll be an okay time. Please feel free to PM if you don't feel it's suitable to share details on a public forum.

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Old Wednesday 25th January 2017, 21:34   #2
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I do not know the Loire but your timing seems right
The Lesser Purple Emperor is not uncommon in France try warm valleys although I have found them in orchards, on dog droppings, the back of my sweaty jeans roosting and basking on Japanese Knotweed
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That backs up my experience too - it's a species that finds you rather than vice versa. No info from the Loire however, Steve, as I've not been there... K
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Sorry Adam no info from the Loire but I see them easily on my patch in Russia where they are often flushed from puddles on the trail so scan the ground carefully on approach to any damp spots.


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My 2p worth: they were pretty easy to see on mud on the banks of the Dordogne in August 2016.

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Thanks for info. I will check suitable habitat and look at damp patches and poo. The one Freyer's purple emperor I've seen was coming down to mud at a river. Doing more research, I am worried that I will be between flight times.
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Sorry Steve, just realised I called you Adam!


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Thanks for info. I will check suitable habitat and look at damp patches and poo. The one Freyer's purple emperor I've seen was coming down to mud at a river. Doing more research, I am worried that I will be between flight times.

On the wing in Russia from first week in July usually, probably quite a bit earlier in the South.


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No idea where you'll be going exactly, but plenty of locations here:
https://observation.org/soort/view/7...=1&show_zero=0
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Cheers. At the least it confirms that I have a chance at the time I'll be there.
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