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Faded Ringlet Butterfly, Male

Observed: 8th August 2012 By: david1973
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
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Faded Ringlet Butterfly, Male
Faded Ringlet Butterfly, Male
Description:

Faded Ringlet Butterfly, Male (Aphantopus hyperantus) Gait Barrows NNR

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) interacts

Comments

david1973's picture

Ringlet or Meadow Brown

Hello Chris,

I was discussing this said picture which has had me perplexed i.e. identification for the last month.

I spoke to a couple of people i.e. friends one a professional (national park ranger) and the other a fellow volunteer like myself (retired woodlands specialist). both seem to think it is a ringlet. after further research I come across some interesting information on the ringlet :

The male ringlet butterfly can be almost black when young, but fade to brown with age. The eye spots, or rings, which give this butterfly its name are very variable in size and shape.

I could still be wrong though, who knows :-)

Regards

David

chrisbrooks's picture

Shape

Hi David

I think there would be evidence of further spots and the shape just says Meadow Brown to me.

Forgot to say the antennae makes me favour MB as well.

Regards Chris.