Friday, 22 May 2020

Behold the Duke!

Spent an hour with a couple of Duke or Burgundy butterflies which had found shelter from the strong wind. With the soundtrack of Curlews, Redstarts and Tree Pipits, it was great to watch these little guys defending their Primrose clumps and basking in the late spring sunshine.

The origin of the name is apparently unknown, but it does convey a rather regal impression, which I feel is very apt. This species is super-rare, with the main population in the central south of England, with two outlying populations in the Lake District and here in the North York Moors.

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