Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus

Scientific Name: Aphantopus hyperantus (Nymphalidae Satyrinae).

English Name: Ringlet (Brush-footed butterfly family, Browns sub-family).

French Name: Le Tristan.

5 Key Characters:
  • underside has a series of black 'eye's, with white 'pupils' and outlined by yellow.
  • medium sized (45 - 53 mm wingspan).
  • brown.
  • upperside with some tiny black dots showing through the brown.
  • found in damp habitats.

Lookalikes: None in the Touraine Loire Valley or Brenne.

Habitat: Woodland edges, hedges, damp heaths, damp grassland (bocage) and woodland clearings. Avoids dry habitats. Often observed on brambles. Will fly in overcast or even rainy weather.

Flight Period: May-June-July-August-September.

Caterpillar: Host plants grasses (Tor Grass Brachypodium pinnatum, Festuca guestfalica) and sedges.

Status: Very common especially in wet years.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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