Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Cheshire local information

When to see: July-August

Where to see: Grassland

Behaviour: Perch/Patrol

Wingspan: 42-52mm

Caterpillar food plant: Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), Common Couch (Elytrigia repens)

Cheshire status: Formerly a rarity in the county with no confirmed breeding records between 1937 and 1996. Since then the species has become established at an increasing number of sites in the south of the county with evidence suggesting that a further range expansion is under way. Preferred habitat is in shaded woodland edges and glades. Single-brooded flying from late June to early August.

Ringlet butterfly