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Scientific Name: Aphantopus hyperantus
Common Name: Ringlet
Aphantopus hyperantus, more commonly known as the Ringlet, is a butterfly of temperate Europe, extending eastwards across temperate Asia to Japan. Relatively common in the UK except for northern Scotland. Found in a variety of habitats, preferably sheltered and damp sites, woodland clearings, woodland edges and rides, meadows, hedgerows, road verges and country lanes, where the heat of the summer sun can be avoided and where food plants are lush. Not found on grassland or heaths.
Wingspan of males is 42 to 48 mm, females 46 to 52 mm. The wing uppersides are a uniform chocolate brown. Despite this uniformity, a newly-emerged adult is surprisingly beautiful, the velvety wings providing a striking contrast with the delicate white fringes found on the wing edges. The undersides bear white spots, ringed with bright yellow; 2 or 3 on the forewing, 5 on the hind, larger in females.
The English name of this butterfly is derived from these spots or ‘ringlets’. Its relatively dark coloration allows this butterfly to absorb heat and warm up quickly, it being one of the few that flies on overcast days.
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