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Monday, 8 May 2017

Spot the Frippet: emperor.

They were never very thick on the ground, were emperors, and nowadays the only human emperor officially still in place is Emperor Akihito of Japan.

Good health and long life to him!

But, even so, I went hunting for emperors the other day. I took with me a small piece of rubber tubing tied up in a bit of netting. 

(It was all right, no one saw me.)

Sadly, I failed to attract an emperor, even though (according to the seller) the tube contained the perfume of a female emperor, a scent to send a male emperor moth:

Hyalophora columbia f.JPG
By Lavaltrois - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

crazy with desire.

Ah well, there are other emperors. If you're in Antartica (though you almost certainly aren't) there's the emperor penguin:

File:Emperor Penguins (11240321653).jpg
photo by Christopher Michel

There are many different types of emperor butterflies:

File:CSIRO ScienceImage 2807 Tailed Emperor Butterfly.jpg
photo by Entomology, CSIRO

and there is an emperor angelfish:

File:Emperor angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator.jpg
photo by Brian Gratwicke

an emperor bream:

photo of yellow striped emperor by Richard Ling 

and (brrr!) and emperor scorpion:

File:Female Emperor Scorpion.jpg

photo by Rosa Pineda

If all these are difficult, or impossible (as they are for me) then there's an emperor piano concerto by Beethoven (it isn't dedicated to an emperor or anything, the title was a marketing ploy devised by his publisher) an emperor string quartet by Haydn (one bit of which is based on the tune Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser, or God Save Emperor Franz:

 and there's also an Emperor Norwegian black metal band.

Which would you like to spot most?

Spot the Frippet: emperor. This word comes from the Latin imperātor, commander-in-chief, from imperāre, to command, from parāre, to make ready.

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