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Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus

The Ringlet is a medium-sized, sooty-brown butterfly. It is commonly found along woodland rides, edges and hedgerows, and on damp grassland from June to August. The adults prefer Bramble and Wild Privet flowers as nectar sources and can be seen flying with a characteristic bobbing movement even on dull days. The caterpillars feed on a variety of grasses including Cock's-foot and False Broom.

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Did you know? The female Ringlet lays her eggs by perching on a grass stem and ejecting them into the air so that they land on nearby vegetation. After two to three weeks, the eggs hatch and the caterpillars emerge. The larvae are nocturnal and undergo four moults before pupating.
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