Faded Ringlet Butterfly, Male (Aphantopus hyperantus) Gait Barrows NNR
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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 :-)
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.
Chris Brooks - www.dragonfly-images.co.uk
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Lat/Lng: 54.1, -2.8
OS grid ref: SD4877