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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 11.4 April 2000

The Duke of Burgundy - conserving the intractable

By - Matthew Oates

The duke or Burgundy butterfly Hamearis lucina was origionally called 'Mr Vernon's Small Fritillary'. The reasoning behind its elevation to the aristocracy is as obscure as the connection with the Roman goddess of childbirth after whom it takes its specific name. Also curious is the fact that until very recently the Duke of Burgundy had always been referred to as 'fritillary'.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist