Apatura ilia

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Apatura ilia
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Lesser Purple Emperor, Red variant (A. ilia f. clytie)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Division: Rhopalocera
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Apatura
Species: A. ilia
Binomial name
Apatura ilia
([Denis and Schiffermüller], 1775)

The Lesser Purple Emperor (Apatura ilia) is a species of butterfly native to most of Europe and temperate Asia. It is named for its similarity to the Purple Emperor butterfly.


The wingspan is 55–60 mm. The insect flies from June to July depending on the location.

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