Take another chance on Dene Wood or head for a wood in deepest Surrey where several specimens of the 'King of Butterflies' . the Purple Emperor had been sighted recently , was the decision that Keith and myself mulled over last night on the phone . We decided on the latter and headed South at 0600 in an attempt to avoid the traffic congestion at the M25/M26 junction . We were the first to arrive at the car park , and set off with energy to find our target . Four hours later , we had seen several PEs high in the tree tops or searching the many Willow trees for females , but failed to find specimen on the ground . Several 'baits' from earlier in the week were still along the rides and some fellow enthusiasts added their 'special brew' to them in an attempt to lure a specimen down . A couple of times we passed people who informed us that they had one on the ground and got photos . We must have covered a fair distance during that time , but it was worth it when a male came down to the 'bait' in an area known as the triangle . That was the first of four males seen , two on the ground and two just above head height in trees . I haven't had time to go through all the shots taken , but am posting a few plucked out to give a visual account of a great hour .
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