Apatura ilia (Lesser Purple Emperor, Kleiner Schillerfalter, Le Petit Mars)

Apatura ilia, also called Lesser Purple Emperor or Kleiner Schillerfalter is a great butterfly from Palaearctic ecozone (Europe). The first description was in 1775 by Denis & Schiffermüller. With a wingspan of 5.0 – 6.0 cm the Lesser Purple Emperor is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is black with white spots. Furthermore the male has a blue iridescence. This blue is caused by an optical phenomenon, named interference.


Ecozone

The Lesser Purple Emperor (Apatura ilia) is from Palaearctic (Europe and Asia) without the North of Africa, but you can find the whole article at Palaearctic (Europe).

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