Butterflies - Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina)
Extinct in Warwickshire. Last recorded sighting at Ettington Park in 1987.
Once known as 'Mr Vernon's Small Fritillary', the Duke of Burgundy's dark brown upper side marked with vivid orange spots is distinctive and unlike any other butterfly of its size.
It can be seen from early May to mid June with a peak in numbers occurring in mid May with individuals living up to 5 day as adult butterflies.
The female Duke of Burgundy stay hidden for much of the day but after mating may travel up to 5km in search of suitable habitat. This can only occur where suitable natural corridors along which they will move occur. Where this freedom of movement occurs, new colonies can become established. Unfortunately, modern agricultural practices has resulted in the species failure to create new colonies so as old colonies are lost, no new colonies are able to establish and replace the old colonies.
The adults rarely visit flowers. Territorial males are more commonly encountered as they perch on a prominent leaf at the edge of scrub. They usually occur in low numbers, even on the best sites.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Cowslip (Primula veris)
Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
Historically a woodland clearing species, the number of sites where the Duke of Burgundy is present has fallen dramatically in the UK as a whole.
In Warwickshire, the Duke of Burgundy was present until 1987 but is now Extinct in the region.
Extinct in Warwickshire.
Last recorded sighting was at Ettington Park in 1987
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Duke of Burgundy is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Duke of Burgundy butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.