Purple emperors, regardless of the species, are equally amazing. The blue shimmer on their wings when the light hits from the right direction is something that cannot be explained. Note thought, it’s only the male butterflies that have the purple and blue colors. So if you see those colors, you’ll also know the gender of the specimen you’re looking at.
Summer 2015 was the moment when I finally sighted my first purple emperor, or actually, quite many of them. All back then were Lesser Purple Emperors (Apatura ilia). This was definitely a moment I was looking for already back as a small kid. There’s still much ahead. Raising caterpillars will be the next target.