Profusion of ringlets

Photos: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis


Ringlet    Rohusilmik   Aphantopus hyperantus
Many are familiar with ringlets: one of our more common and numerous brown butterflies. Our summer weather is as it is this year but ringlets fly in cloudy weather and even in light drizzle when other butterflies stay hidden. The upper side of the males’ wings can seem quite black – this much about differences between sexes. The wing undersides generally have five eye patches; seen from above each wing has two modest patches. They let themselves be comfortably studied on flowers, showing both over- and undersides of wings.
We meet them in meadows, open landscapes, roadsides and drier grasslands. By  August the ringlets’ appearance is rather worn and tattered.





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