Vagrant Emperor in Britain

The Vagrant Emperor, an erratic migrant species to the UK from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, has been seen both on the Scilly Isles and Orkney in Autumn 2016.

This species can appear anywhere in Britain and at any time of the year, with the distinctive small blue (male) or violet (female) saddle, overall brown appearance and yellow leading vein on the wing picking it out from our resident species.

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