Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Adult Ringlet (subspecies A. h. hyperantus) at Geddington, Northants - June 2011

Featured Subspecies: Aphantopus hyperantus hyperantus
Length: ?
Wingspan: 35-42mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

As it flits by, this butterfly sstands a good chance of looking like it is a purely black or dark brown species, but closer inspection will reveal the ringlets that give it it's name. During the right time of the year it can be the most numerous butterfly in certain habitats, although it is relatively flighty, so might take a bit of perseverance to capture on photo.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera 
Family: Nymphalidae 
Genus: Aphantopus 
SUBSPECIES: A. h. hyperantus, A. h. sibiricus, A. h.sajana, A. h. ocellata, A. h. arctica

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and Brigstock

Further Notes: 
RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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