310168 Purple Emperor Butterfly on Goat Willow Purple Emperor Butterfly on Goat Willow

Purple Emperor Butterfly on Goat Willow

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The Purple Emperor declined steadily during the twentieth century and is now restricted to some of the larger woods in southern England. There has been a recent slight re-expansion in some areas.Restricted to large woods in southern England where they spend much of their time in the treetops. Females resemble the White Admiral, but have an orange-ringed eyespot under the forewing. Goat Willow (Salix caprea) is the most widely used foodplant although it breeds on Grey Willow (S.cinerea) and more rarely Crack- Willow (S. fragilis). Eggs are laid on a wide range of tree sizes, ranging from medium sized shrubs to tall canopy trees. Watercolour on Fabriano watercolour paper Painting size 4.75'' x 6.75'', Total size with white mount 8.25'' x 12'' Carefully packaged and dispatched within 12 hours of notice of sale

W 4.75" x H 6.75"
W 12.07 cm x H 17.15 cm
Fabriano 185lb watercolour paper
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Apart from an 'A' level in Art, Elizabeth is self-taught. She has painted throughout her life on a daily basis and it is a source of joy and constant exploration for her. The passion she feels for her work is expressed in her diverse subject matter and use of vibrant colours. Growing up in a sm...

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