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Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus


The Ringlet is widespread and locally common, and although its distribution has fluctuated, it has expanded during recent decades and has recolonised its former range. It is found in areas of tall, lush grasses, damp woodland glades and shady hedgerows.


The Ringlet can be confused with the male Meadow Brown, but is distinguished by the bright, yellow-ringed 'eye-spots' on the underwing, and the conspicuous white fringe to the wings. Males are usually darker than the females. The undersides are subject to considerable variation in the number and size of the 'eye-spots'.

Flight times

The Ringlet has a single brood, and flies between late June and mid-August. Males emerge over a week before females.

Food plants

Eggs are dropped among lush growths of coarse grasses including Cock's-foot, False Brome and Tor-grass.

Ringlet - © Simon Jenkins  picture of Ringlet butterfly

Distribution Maps for the East Midlands Region

Ringlet distribution map 2010
2010 Summary
No of tetrads 240
First sighting 30/05/2010
Last sighting 27/08/2010
Ringlet distribution map 2011
2011 Summary
No of tetrads 289
First sighting 04/05/2011
Last sighting 24/08/2011
Ringlet distribution map 2012
2012 Summary
No of tetrads 286
First sighting 18/06/2012
Last sighting 06/09/2012
Ringlet distribution map 2013
2013 Summary
No of tetrads 465
First sighting 26/06/2013
Last sighting 17/12/2013
Ringlet distribution map 2014
2014 Summary
No of tetrads 547
First sighting 11/04/2014
Last sighting 28/08/2014
Ringlet distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 620
First sighting 22/04/2015
Last sighting 07/10/2015
Ringlet distribution map 2005-09

Combined records for the five year period 2005-09

Ringlet distribution map 2010-14

Combined records for the five year period 2010-14

Ringlet distribution map comparison of 2005-09 & 2010-14

Comparison of years 2005-09 & 2010-14

This shows a significant increase in distribution over the last ten years, with a clear movement westwards &: northwards across Derbyshire.


Photo Gallery


Ringlet © Simon Jenkins


Ringlet © Simon Jenkins


Ringlet - female © Christine Maughan


Ringlet - male © Christine Maughan

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