Duke of Burgundy


            Duke of Burgundy

                             (Hamearis lucina)





Female 29mm – 33mm Male 


This small blue sized butterfly has the markings of a fritillary. The upperwings are a dark blackish brown with paler orange patches towards the outer edge. The underwings have more orange and the underside of the hind wings has a conspicuous band of white cells. 

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Flight Period
Mid April to Mid June 

Habitat Requirements

Chalk or limestone grassland, prefers north or west facing slopes.
Clearings in ancient woodland sites. In both habitats the larval food plant should be growing among tussocky vegetation with so scrub. 

Larval Food plants
Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
Cowslip (Primula vulgaris)

Wiltshire Status
Resident: Very local and rare

Wiltshire Sites

Dean Hill Park
Green Lane Wood
Blackmoor Copse

Earliest sightings 

Earliest county record
8th April  2011 Dean hill Park (Dave Lowe) 


Early Sightings
2012 30th April Green Lane Wood Brian Seaman
2011 8th April Dean Hill Park Dave Lowe
2010 1st May Dean Hill Park Dave Lowe
2009 22nd April Dean Hill Park Dave Lowe
2008 6th May Dean Hill Park Mike Fuller
2007 24th April Grovely Wood Gordon  Mackie


Latest count record
16th July 1986