Tag Archives: Ringlet

Brown butterfly with white spots in gold rings on upper wings

Ringlet: Photo: Caroline Stringer

orange and brown  butterfly with jigsaw like edges to wings

Comma. Photo: Caroline Stringer

Caroline visited Alners Gorse on 6/07/19 and sent us photos of a Ringlet and Comma she found there. If you haven’t been to the BC Reserve at Hazelbury Bryan, it is well worth a visit at this time of year as it is alive with many species of butterflies.

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.


Ringlet ab. centrifera. Photo: Chris Becker

Ringlet ab. centrifera. Photo: Chris Becker

Another Ringlet aberration but this individual we believe to be ab.centrifera, photographed at Alners Gorse on 07/07/2016. Ringlets can be very variable butterflies so keep an eye out during the Big Butterfly Count which kicks-off this Friday (15/07/2016).

Ringlet ab. arete. Photo: Caroline Stringer

Ringlet ab. arete. Photo: Caroline Stringer

An interesting Ringlet aberration which we believe to be ab. arete, recognisable by the incomplete eye-spots. Photographed by Caroline Stringer in Great Stone coppice on the Rushmore Estate on 11/07/2016.

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!