Butterflies - Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
The uppersides of a freshly emerged Ringlet have a velvety appearance, almost black in colour... fringed with white. Two small dark brown/black eye spots occur on the forewings with another two spots occur on the hindwings level with the tip of the abdomen although these spots can vary or be completely absent in some individuals).
Adult butterflies will fly even in dull weather, cloudy conditions or light rain when most other butterflies are inactive. They are commonly encountered nectaring on Bramble and Wild Privet flowers.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata)
False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum)
Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)
Common Couch (Elytrigia repens)
Meadow Grass (Poa spp.)
Tall, lush grassland which occurs in damp locations partial shade on heavy soils, especially in woodland rides. The butterfly also occurs on commons, road verges, disused railway lines and riverbanks on clay soils.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Loxley Church Meadow (WWT Reserve)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Ringlet is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Ringlet butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.