The Purple Emperor or the Japanese Emperor are typical members of the APATURINAE. Some of this species have blue structure colors on there wings.  This optical phenominon based on refraction and interference.
The subfamily of APATURINAE contains nineteen genera.


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The following species are members of the genus SEPHISA and they are represented on this homepage.

The genus SEPHISA was described in 1882 by Moore. It contains at present approx. 4 species. The genus SEPHISA is thereby a tiny-small group under the Nymphalidae.

SEPHISA butterflies are from Palaearctic (Asia) and from small parts of Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).

Sephisa dichroa Kollar 1844 (Western Courtier) PALAEARCTIC (ASIA) 



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Apatura iris
Inachis io
Nymphalis antiopa
Apatura iris
Vanessa atalanta
Papilio machaon
Pierides sp.
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