Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus


The Ringlet is widespread and locally common, and although its distribution has fluctuated, it has expanded during recent decades and has recolonised its former range. It is found in areas of tall, lush grasses, damp woodland glades and shady hedgerows.


The Ringlet can be confused with the male Meadow Brown, but is distinguished by the bright, yellow-ringed 'eye-spots' on the underwing, and the conspicuous white fringe to the wings. Males are usually darker than the females. The undersides are subject to considerable variation in the number and size of the 'eye-spots'.

Flight times

The Ringlet has a single brood, and flies between late June and mid-August. Males emerge over a week before females.

Food plants

Eggs are dropped among lush growths of coarse grasses including Cock's-foot, False Brome and Tor-grass.

Ringlet - © Simon Jenkins

Distribution Maps

Ringlet distribution map 2005-09
Ringlet distribution map 2010-14
Ringlet distribution map 2015-19
Ringlet distribution map 2005-19

This shows a significant increase in distribution over the last fifteen years, with a clear movement westwards & northwards across Derbyshire.

Ringlet distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 27
First sighting 04/07/2015
Last sighting 04/09/2015
Ringlet distribution map 2016
2016 Summary
No of tetrads 567
First sighting 14/08/2016
Last sighting 31/08/2016
Ringlet distribution map 2017
2017 Summary
No of tetrads 577
First sighting 18/05/2017
Last sighting 01/09/2017
Ringlet distribution map 2018
2018 Summary
No of tetrads 589
First sighting 01/06/2018
Last sighting 03/09/2018
Ringlet distribution map 2019
2019 Summary
No of tetrads 737
First sighting 15/06/2019
Last sighting 02/09/2019
Ringlet distribution map 2020
2020 Summary
No of tetrads 775
First sighting 29/05/2020
Last sighting 30/08/2020
Ringlet distribution map 2021
2021 Summary
No of tetrads 778
First sighting 13/06/2021
Last sighting 05/09/2021
Ringlet distribution map 2022
2022 Summary
No of tetrads 556
First sighting 20/05/2022
Last sighting 23/08/2022

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