Seq # 470080010

Apatura iris (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: March 15, 2022, 10:27 a.m.

A rare and local species in Belgium. In Flanders it's very rare and threatened with isolated populations, in the south of the country it status is lower risk and it is more frequently observed.


Family: Nymphalidae > Subfamily: Apaturinae > Tribus: Apaturini > Genus: Apatura > Species: Apatura iris
Vernacular names
Grote weerschijnvlinder (NL), Purple Emperor (EN), Grand Mars changeant (FR), Großer Schillerfalter (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1837. Catalogue des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de la Belgique, précédé du tableau des Libellulines de ce pays. — — : 1–29. On page 17 (as Apatura Iris). view page




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Specimens in nature


Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year; onwards from the end of June till early August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Salix caprea
Host plant (genera):

The larva lives on several species of Salix. Hibernates as a small larva on the food plant.

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