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Great Purple Emporer Hindwings

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Did you notice the cute little red hearts in them?

The purple color in these is created by the iridescence. Therefore, the amount of purple visible will be affected by the strength and type of light. I tried to show this with the photos.

Fun Fact! The scientific name is Apatura iris, from the Greek word Apaturia, meaning “deceitful one.” This is probably due to the deceptive nature of the purple in the wings, which only shows under the right lighting conditions. Also, only males are purple!

All creations come from nature, and will vary in color and pattern. Since they lived natural lives, they may also have small imperfections.

All earrings are 925 silver unless special ordered.

Butterflies have relatively short lifespans, with most only living a few weeks. Therefore, butterfly farms have a constant supply.

Sources of my specimens include: entomology supply companies, butterfly farms, entomologist collections, donated pets & locally found dead. No creatures are harmed for the creation of my art! Everything I use has already passed, and I'm giving it a new life by recycling it.

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