Tag Archives: Ringlet

view of a Ringlet in grass with wings open wide clearly showing all its spots and rings

Ringlet. Photo: Roger Peart

Roger photographed this slightly faded Ringlet at Canford on 16/07/18. When freshly emerged Ringlets are a rich velvety brown.

This species can be seen from late June to Mid August in a variety of habitats but prefers damp sheltered places such as woodland clearings, woodland edges and rides, meadows, hedgerows, road verges and country lanes, where the full heat from the summer sun can be avoided and where the foodplant is lush.

view of a ringlet showing lovley rings on under hind-wing

Ringlet. Photo: Derek Fowler

Derek was at our Alners Gorse reserve on 23/06/18 and found this beautiful fresh Ringlet.

This is a relatively-common butterfly that is unmistakable when seen at rest – the rings on the hindwings giving this butterfly its common name. The uppersides are a uniform chocolate brown that distinguish this butterfly from the closely-related Meadow Brown. Despite this uniformity, a newly-emerged adult is a surprisingly beautiful insect, the velvety wings providing a striking contrast with the delicate white fringes found on the wing edges. The dark colouring also allows this butterfly to quickly warm up – this butterfly being one of the few that flies on overcast days.

This species can be seen flying from late June- mid August.

Ringlet and Small Heath mating

Two butterflies in mating pose hanging underneath a grass leaf

Ringlet (left) and Meadow Brown in mating pose. Photo: Jennifer Bower

Another pair of confused butterflies: perhaps the heat is getting to them! This time it’s a Ringlet (on the left) and a Meadow Brown trying to mate. Unfortunately they are wasting their time, as there will not be any offspring. Spotted by Jennifer on Hod Hill on 01/07/2017.

The red blobs on them are mites called trombidium breei. They do not seem to harm the butterfly. Some species of butterfly are more prone than others – ones that are often seen with red mites are Meadow Brown males; Marbled White; Common Blue and Small Skipper.


A pair of Ringlets

A pair of Ringlets. Photo: Mel Bray

A great photograph of a pair of ‘romping Ringlets’, captured between the showers at Badbury Rings on 02/07/2016.. This ‘rapid courtship’ was observed by Mel Bray who described the pair as having ‘no time for flirting – the pair met, fluttered for about fifteen seconds, and immediately got down to business.

Did you know? Only female Ringlets drink nectar while the males are capable of living solely on the caterpillar energy reserves!

Ringlet aberration

A ringlet with no markings on the top wing, but just plain dark brown

Ringlet. Photo: Mark Pike

Ringlet underwings with no rings, only a few small white dots

Ringlet. Photo: Mark Pike

It’s good to have these shots immediately above the ‘normal’ Ringlets Mark photographed, to show the considerable difference to the aberration shown above. Mark saw this butterfly on 27 June at Motcombe Meadows, and thinks it is ab Arete but says it is rather unusual to have NO rings or dots on the upper wings.