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Ringlet 7331

Observed: 20th June 2011 By: Wildlife Ranger
Freshwater Environment & Ecology Trust
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Description:

A Peckled Ringlet worse for wear I wonder if the spots have been pecked by a small bird

Identifications
Species interactions

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Species with which Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) interacts

Comments

anonymous spotter's picture

You're probably right -

and I like the description "peckled"! Birds don't seem able to resist pecking at them. I'm not sure if this species is distasteful to birds - as you probably know several Lepidoptera use toxins from their larval food plants (Cinnabar Moth being one example) as protection when caterpillars, and in the adult form. The colours act as a warning.

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Thanks

Thanks Roger - the "Peckled Ringlet" of course not to be confused with the Speckled Wood. Interestingly you dont see as many of the latter with wing damage Probably due to that fact that Grassland v woodland makes the Butterfly more prone to attack and the Speckled Woods have the tree cover , shade and dappled camoflage that may well work better

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