Duke of Burgundy

Hamearis Lucina

Family Riodinidae
  • Colouring – Brown with dark brown and stripes.
  • Life span – 7 days approximately..
  • Native – British butterfly.
  • Caterpillar colour – Starts green then changes to a light brown.
  • Caterpillar eggs to caterpillar – 3 / 4 weeks.
  • Food for the caterpillar – Cowslip and primrose. Caterpillar hides during the day and feeds at night.
  • Food for the butterfly – Scrubby grasslands and grasses.
Special features

One of the rarest butterflies in the UK. Many efforts are being made by many people to secure the existence of the Duke of Burgundy. The highly territorial male Duke of Burgundy has been described as pugnacious, perky, violent, fierce and a brute!