Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus

Habitat

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.

Identification

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
Ringlet - © Simon Jenkins

Distribution Maps

2005-2009
Ringlet distribution map 2005-09
2010-14
Ringlet distribution map 2010-14
2005-09 2010-14
Ringlet distribution map comparison of 2005-09 & 2010-14

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

2015
Ringlet distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 27
First sighting 04/07/2015
Last sighting 04/09/2015
2016
Ringlet distribution map 2016
2016 Summary
No of tetrads 567
First sighting 14/08/2016
Last sighting 31/08/2016
2017
Ringlet distribution map 2017
2017 Summary
No of tetrads 577
First sighting 18/05/2017
Last sighting 01/09/2017

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