Hamearis lucina   Duke of Burgundy

Hamearis lucina top Hamearis lucina under

The Duke of Burgundy butterfly is the ony European member of the Riodinidae family most of which are otherise found in South America. This family is known as the "Metalmarks". This is a vulnerable and declining species due to the usual reason: loss of habitat. It was originally most often found in coppiced woodland but now is found on calacareous scrub such as limetone pavement and disused quarries. The male is an aggressive butterfly which patrols its chosen area and sees off much larger species such as the Pearl Bordered Fritillary.

Hamearis lucina large image underside
Large image underside

Gaitbarrows 1st June 2009

Added on 1st June 2009

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