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.
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 (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.
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).
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 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!
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.