The Emperor season is now quite well into its second half. The bulk of the butterflies could burn out quite quickly in this hot weather. Be warned.
Also, quite a few of them may well disperse. This something we've rather overlooked hitherto. I've been amazed by the extent to which the males have been wandering at Knepp this year. Relatively few have been setting up territories, most sightings have been of males exploring extensively.
Two ab. lugendas have been photographed: a pristine female in Fermyn Woods, Northants, and a splendid male in the Notts site. Also, I saw a lugenda-type male at Knepp, in flight, from beneath - they look very red from below. But it got beaten up by a typical male and wandered off.
This coming weekend will be the final good one for this season. Make the most of it.
Here's Herself cleaning her tongue in a bush -
Apologies for my lack of postings but my laptop system doesn't like the new Knepp wifi or vice versa...