28 November 2012

Lesser Purple Emperor (Apatura ilia)
Rio Tuela, PN Montesinho, Portugal

I looked for the Lesser Purple Emperor for some time and only found it last July. Aesthetically, I find this to be one of the most beautiful butterflies in our fauna, with violet hues on the upper sides of the wings, not visible from this angle. It occurs only in the north of the country, where towards the interior it is confined to the Natural Park of Montesinho.

Nikon D300 + Nikon 300mm f4
iso 800, 1/1600, f5.6, -1.7 Ev