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  1. purple emperor, Apatura iris(noun)

    large European butterfly the male of which has wings shaded with purple

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  1. Apatura iris

    The Purple Emperor is a Eurasian butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. Adults have dark brown wings with white bands and spots, and a small orange ring on each of the hindwings. Males have a wingspan of 70–80mm, and have an iridescent purple-blue sheen that the slightly larger females lack. The larvae are green with white and yellow markings, and have two large ‘horns’ at the anterior end and a smaller one at the posterior.

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