Hamearis lucina

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 1 June 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Series: Images of a botanical trip to the Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) in Germany from 15 - 19/04/2011

Hamearis lucina (NL: Sleutelbloemvlinder / EN: Duke of Burgundy / DE: Schlüsselblumen-Würfelfalter) is a European butterfly in the family Riodinidae. Whether the Riodinidae family is a subfamily of the Lycaenidae family or an independent family is still unclear. The male has a wingspan of 29–31 mm, and the female is slightly taller with a wingspan of 31–34 mm. The upper side of the wings are marked in a chequered pattern strongly reminiscent of a fritillary butterfly (family Nymphalidae); however, Hamearis lucina may be separated by its wing shape and also has a distinctive underwing pattern which can clearly bee seen in the image.
Host plants are Primula veris, primula elatior and primula vulgaris. As adults, the sexes exhibit distinctly different behavioural patterns. Males are highly territorial, defending small sheltered, but warm, areas. Spectacular aerial "dog fights" occur between males. Females are less "showy", but are prone to wander, frequently travelling 250 m.
H. lucina is listed on the German IUCN Red List.

Image: Ilmtal (DE) - 18/04/2011

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