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Purple Emperor 201/10 Bowl


This magnificent butterfly flies high in the tree-tops of well-wooded landscapes in central-southern England where it feeds on aphid honeydew and tree sap. The adults are extremely elusive but the males occasionally descend to the ground, usually in mid-morning, where they probe for salts either from road surfaces or from animal dung. 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. Females resemble the White Admiral, but have an orange-ringed eyespot under the forewing. Vicky saw the Purple Emperor butterfly on a TV programme, in which the film crew used anchovies to attract them, and was amazed at how strange, but at the same time, absolutely beautiful the butterflies were. ‘It seemed like the type of butterfly that belonged to the Addams Family’ she wrote. Vicky’s design places the ultramarine butterflies wingtip to wingtip, and then filled the void between them with incredibly tactile raised globules- a rare but remarkable treat from the Moorcroft tubeliner.

Ex Tax: £737.50
  • Designer: Vicky Lovatt
  • Dimensions: H 8.50 x W 26.00 x D 26.00 cm
  • Availability: Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery


  • Product Width26.00cm
  • Product Height8.50cm
  • Product Depth26.00cm
  • Shape:201/10
  • Designer:Vicky Lovatt
  • Edition:Limited
  • Limited Edition Size:5
  • Design Window (Style):Butterflies

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