One of my early memories from way back as a young man was seeing the male Emperor Moths flying fast over the heather, a situation I saw many times,because heathland areas were larger and unbroken by roads etc that you see today up here in the NE of Hampshire.
I make the point on my homepage about the memory of seeing a female depositing eggs adjacent to Fleet Pond which was part of Bramshott Golf Club run by the army.
Since these early days I have seen none and so last year I bought a pheromone to try and find out if we do have this beautiful moth in this area where heather is plentiful. Sadly I was two weeks late as larva were being found by this time.
I have found larvae at Silchester Common and one has been recorded at Elvetham Heath but beyond that I dont know if we have any left and as such a trip to the New Forest would be necessary.
Its early for them at the moment but I did pop over to Silchester common by which time the sun on the way over had been replaced by cloud. I did get the pheromone out once without success so more trips will be necessary to ascertain if and how many are still in this area.I need one for the website but more importantly I need one for me. Watch this space!!!!