The Ringlet – Aphantopus hyperantus  – is related to the Meadow Brown butterfly which was also flapping around in numbers today.

NatureSpot says it likes sheltered and damper places such as woodland clearings woodland edges “where the full heat from the summer sun can be avoided and where the food plant is lush”.  There is one generation each year, with adults emerging in the second half of June, peaking in mid-July, with a few individuals continuing into August. The flight period is relatively short when compared with its close relatives. The larvae feed on a range of grasses and then over-winter before finally pupating around June.

Ringlet from the side
Ringlet from the side



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