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Aphantopus hyperantus - Side view
Aphantopus hyperantus - Side view


The Ringlet
The ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) is a butterfly, belonging to the family Nymphalidae. It is found from Europe to Asia. The wings of Aphantopus hyperantus reach spans of 35-42 mm. The upper and lower sides of the wings are brown in colour. On the surface of the wings are small spots with a yellowish outline, shaped like eyes, which are usually more clearly seen on the underside of the wings.
The Ringlet  - Aphantopus hyperantus
The Ringlet - Aphantopus hyperantus
Fertilized females drop their eggs from the air onto grasslands. The caterpillars have a body length of about 25 mm and are greyish-brown to red in colour with fine, dark spots.They have a dark longitudinal line on their backs. The caterpillars live on Poaceae or Cyperaceae, which grow in the shadow of blackberry bushes. They pupate and overwinter between grasses, which they spin together.
The ringlet prefers habitats with forest or woods at the edges, where blackberries and high shrubs grow. It also inhabits grassy forest clearings. On cold days, the ringlet opens its wings to the sun in order to stock up on warmth. It can frequently be encounterd on thistles, hogweeds or forest widow flowers. The ringlet reproduces once a year and is active from June to September.

Aphantopus hyperantus
Subspecies42
Common namesRinglet, The Ringlet
German namesBrauner Waldvogel, Schornsteinfeger, Moorwiesen-Gelbringgrasfalter
Dutch namesKoevinkje
Danish namesEngrandøje
Finnish namesTesmaperhonen
Norwegian namesGullringvinge
Swedish namesLuktgräsfjäril
Spanish namesSortijitas
French namesTristan, Le
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Eco zoneFreshwater
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (South England (Southeast England (Kent (East Kent (Folkestone), North Kent), Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex (East Sussex, West Sussex), Surrey county), Southwest England (Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorsetshire, Devonshire), Greater London), East England (Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire), English Midlands (East Midlands (Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire), West Midlands (Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire)), North England (Northwest England (Cumbria), Northeast England (Northumberland), Yorkshire (South Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire))), Wales (Mid Wales (Cardiganshire), South Wales (Southeast Wales (Monmouthshire), Southwest Wales (Carmarthenshire)), North Wales (Merionethshire)), Scotland), Northern Ireland), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway (Vestfold, Vest-Agder, Akershus, Buskerud, Oslo, Telemark, Hedmark, Oppland, Østfold), Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland (Åland Islands)), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Occitania (Midi-Pyrenees)), North France (Burgundy-Franche-Comté (Burgundy (Nièvre)))), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein), South Europe (Italy (North Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia)), Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Moldova), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus)
Asia
Far East (East Asia (China, Mongolia, Korea (North Korea, South Korea))), West Asia (Near East (Turkey)), North Asia, Central Asia (Turkestan (Kazakhstan))
Russia
Siberia, European Russia (North European Russia (Leningrad Oblast))
Oceania
Polynesia
Norfolk Island
America
Caribbean
Caribbean islands (Saint Kitts and Nevis)


Ecozones:

Palaearctic
West Palaearctic


Fossils:

Paleozoic
Devonian
Mesozoic
Jurassic


CountriesAlbania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesAphantopus hyperantus in faunaeur.org
Aphantopus hyperantus in leps.it
Aphantopus hyperantus in dyntaxa.se
Aphantopus hyperantus in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Aphantopus hyperantus - Side view
2. The Ringlet - Aphantopus hyperantus
Quick search: Wings - Aphantopus - Forest - Brown - Colour - Caterpillars
Spots - Dark - Grasses - Grasslands - Air - Stock - Eyes - Underside
Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderLepidoptera
Lepidopterans, Butterflies and Moths
SuborderGlossata
InfraorderHeteroneura
SectionCossina
SubsectionBombyces
SuperfamilyPapilionoidea
True butterflies, Butterflies
FamilyNymphalidae
Brush Footed Butterflies, Fritillaries, Browns, Admirals, Four-footed butterflies, Brushfoot butterflies, Purples, Mourningclocks, Crescent-spots, Checker-spots, Anglewings, Brushfooted Butterflies
SubfamilySatyrinae
Satyrs and Wood-nymphs, Satyrines, Satyrids, Browns, Graylings, Ringlets, Heaths
TribeSatyrini
Graylings, Ringlets and allies, Alpines, Arctics, Nymphs and Satyrs
SubtribeManiolina
GenusAphantopus
Specieshyperantus
Aphantopus hyperantus
Ringlet, The Ringlet
AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
 
Synonyms
Aphantopus albipunctata
Aphantopus caecimaculata
Aphantopus decora
Aphantopus goodsoni
Aphantopus hyperanthus
Aphantopus hyperantus
Aphantopus infrapallida
Aphantopus jeholana
Aphantopus neustetteri
Aphantopus nigra
Aphantopus parvocellata
Aphantopus pseudoocellatus
Aphantopus sexoculatus
Aphantopus sublanguescens
Aphantopus totemaxima
Epinephele hyperanthus
Papilio hyperantus
Pararge hyperanthus
Satyrus hyperanthus
Satyrus ocellatus
 
Subspecies
Aphantopus hyperantus alpheois
Aphantopus hyperantus arctica
Aphantopus hyperantus arcuata
Aphantopus hyperantus arete
Aphantopus hyperantus bieti
Aphantopus hyperantus borisi
Aphantopus hyperantus brunnea
Aphantopus hyperantus cabeaui
Aphantopus hyperantus caeca
Aphantopus hyperantus caecimaculata
Aphantopus hyperantus centrifera
Aphantopus hyperantus crassipuncta
Aphantopus hyperantus cuneata
Aphantopus hyperantus decora
Aphantopus hyperantus hyperantella
Aphantopus hyperantus hyperantoidana
Aphantopus hyperantus hyperantoides
Aphantopus hyperantus hyperantus
Aphantopus hyperantus hyperophthalma
Aphantopus hyperantus infra-pallida
Aphantopus hyperantus insularis
Aphantopus hyperantus krymaeus
Aphantopus hyperantus lanceolata
Aphantopus hyperantus marpurgensis
Aphantopus hyperantus nigra
Aphantopus hyperantus obsoleta
Aphantopus hyperantus ocellana
Aphantopus hyperantus ocellatus
Aphantopus hyperantus ochracea
Aphantopus hyperantus pallens
Aphantopus hyperantus paludominimus
Aphantopus hyperantus parvipunctata
Aphantopus hyperantus pseudohyperantus
Aphantopus hyperantus pseudoocellatus
Aphantopus hyperantus sajana
Aphantopus hyperantus semi-albescens
Aphantopus hyperantus serbianus
Aphantopus hyperantus sexoculatus
Aphantopus hyperantus sibiricus
Aphantopus hyperantus supra-albipunctata
Aphantopus hyperantus vidua
Aphantopus hyperantus yunnana
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