Hamearis lucina

Duke of Burgundy Fritillary

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by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2010

Male

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

Field notes and information

This is Europe's sole representative of the large family of metal-marks, Riodinidae. The family is best represented in south America and extends to most other parts of the world.

Identification & Similar species: The upperside orange and black chequered markings resemble the fritillaries of the family Nymphalidae. Closer inspection of the layout of the markings however should eliminate confusion with similar species.

Distribution & Flight: From central Spain to south England and eastwards across most of central and southern Europe. It is usually single brooded in May/ June but may also fly a little earlier with a partial second brood in summer in July/ August. I've only rarely encountered this second brood.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flowery places in scrubland.

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2009

Female

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

Males

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Jura, France, June 2014

Females

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

The female H. lucina has attracted a very interested M. cinxia.

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Jura, France, June 2014

Females

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2014

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Valais, Switzerland, May 2010

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2013

Feeding on honeydew.