The following article is the 'Species Champion' summary for Duke of Burgundy, reproduced from the Sussex Butterfly Report 2012 - Issue 5, Spring 2013. How did the butterfly do on your patch?
In line with most of our species, the Duke of Burgundy had a difficult time in 2012, courtesy of the Great British weather. In the last couple of issues it has been very satisfying to publish bar charts demonstrating year-on-year increases in the Sussex population of this nationally threatened species. We hope to do this again in the years ahead, but this season was all about damage limitation. Thankfully, all remaining ‘Duke’ sites in Sussex are under active management and in good condition, a situation which will soften the impact of the extremes in weather experienced this year. Despite the significant drop in the number of butterflies recorded on most sites, abundance figures remain higher than for many years prior to 2010 (total 2012 count = 360).