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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.

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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)

Find out more about the Ringlet online at the following links;

Flight Chart
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.

Ringlet Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Ringlet - 2011 records / distribution. Ringlet - 2010 records / distribution. Ringlet - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

RingletRinglet © Debbie Hibbitt

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Ringlet submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

09/06/2018 Stockton Cutting

09/06/2017 Black Bank Meadow

14/06/2016 Long Itchington Cutting

16/06/2015 Fenny Compton/Stamford Hall

09/06/2014 Ashlawn Cutting

29/06/2013 Priors Hardwick

17/06/2012 Stamford Hall

06/06/2011 Alcester LNR

18/06/2010 Snitterfield Bushes

12/06/2009 Stockton

15/06/2008 Field Nr Southam

09/06/2007 Ryton Wood

Other Species

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