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A declining grassland species named for the ring shapes on its wings


Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

Ringlet: coffee with cream

Post date: Tuesday, 24 June, 2014 - 00:00

The ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) is a grass loving butterfly but prefers the fringes of grassy areas such as hedgerows, walls and woodland edges. It is particularly fond of bramble flowers, like so many butterflies, so the peak time for the ringlet is July and early August when the bramble flowers are at their best. 

The ringlet is a species more common in the south of England but is now much less common down here in Dorset than it once was. It is not a rare butterfly by any means but still not one that you see every time you go walking. There is just the one brood each year with the larvae feeding on a wide range of grasses. 

It may appear a rather mundane, boring butterfly compared to some being almost completely dark brown on its open wings but on closer inspection you will find dark spots surrounded by lighter ringlets which are unmistakable. However, to really appreciate the beauty of this insect look at the underside of its wings which are a much lighter brown and with the ringlets clearly visible. It is coffee and cream coloured.


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Ringlet
Scientific Name Aphantopus hyperantus
Interest Level
Species Family Satyrid Butterflies (Browns)
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes