Duke of Burgundy


The Duke of Burgundy is declining within the county and its future prospects gives cause for concern. In Cumbria it is found exclusively around the north of Morecambe bay on sheltered limestone grassland and freshly coppiced woodland sites that have abundant, strong Cowslip or Primrose plants in a tussocky sward.The butterfly is also found on igneous rocks along the wet flushes found on some lower mountain slopes west of Windermere.

Where to look

The most likely area is Gait Barrows NNR, SD485775 on the Cumbria-Lancashire border. (A Permit is required, telephone 015395 31604).

Record distribution and images.

When to look

Flight period starts in May with numbers peaking in late May and early June.

Recorded flight times. Cumulative records. Annual frequency.