Aphantopus hyperantus

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Identification Tip

Ringlets are dark brown with small orange, white and black circles on their wings.

What do they eat?

Caterpillars munch on grasses, including:

  • Cock’s-foot (Dactylis glomerata)
  • False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum)
  • Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)
  • Common Couch (Elytrigia repens)
  • Meadow-grasses (Poa spp.)

Adults take nectar from a range of flowers including:

  • Brambles (favourite)
  • Hawkweeds
  • Heather
  • Scabious
  • Wild Marjoram

Where does it spend the winter?

This species spends the winter as a caterpillar, tucked away at the base of a clump of grass during the coldest periods. When the temperature is warm enough, it crawls out to feed, eventually becoming a chrysalis in the spring and emerging as an adult a short time later.



Flying Season

July - August

Life Cycle


June, July, August


July, August


January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, December


June, July

UK Distribution

Want to learn


There is even more about this species on the main Butterfly Conservation website

Fun Facts
about the Ringlet

Unusually, instead of carefully laying and egg straight onto the leaf of a foodplant as most butterflies do, female Ringlets perch at the top of a grass stem and eject a single egg, which falls to the ground.