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Ringlet butterfly?

Observed: 16th December 2010 By: Michael HartupMichael Hartup’s reputation in InvertebratesMichael Hartup’s reputation in InvertebratesMichael Hartup’s reputation in Invertebrates
deadmoth
Description:

A colleague as produced the remains of this butterfly from a flight case that has come back from Wales.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) interacts

Comments

Michael Skelton's picture

Wall?

The variable size of the spots is not right for Wall, and the wing is not sufficiently variegated. I suspect an overseas stowaway, possibly North American. Is that possible?

Nature girl's picture

I see what you mean now

I see what you mean now Michael. I couldn't think what other native species it would be though. Some of the other Lasiommata spp. have different sized spots though so maybe it has hopped over from Europe?

Michael Hartup's picture

Interesting, and certainly

Interesting, and certainly possible... the flight case was from the World Rally Championships, the last stage of which is Wales - so I have assumed it had come from there.

It's more likely to be a stowaway from Europe than N. America given that the stages last year were Sweden, Mexico, Jordan, Turkey, New Zealand, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Japan, France, Spain, Wales.

I think it's still on my desk at work...