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'.
The Ringlet has a single brood, and flies between late June and mid-August. Males emerge over a week before females.
Eggs are dropped among lush growths of coarse grasses including Cock's-foot, False Brome and Tor-grass.
This shows a significant increase in distribution over the last fifteen years, with a clear movement westwards & northwards across Derbyshire.
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