Apparently widespread, but our experience is that is rather less frequently encountered than the very similar Freyer's Purple Emperor (Apatura metis), except in west and north-west Bulgaria, where it seems to be the dominant species of the two.
Forested areas in glades and as males 'puddling' on tracks and damp areas by rivers.
Recorded in 10 (0.5%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.
Last recorded in July 2017
Recorded date range (Adult): 06 June to 31 July