Species: Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Family: Fritillaries, Nymphalids and Browns (NYMPHALIDAE)

Category: Butterflies & Moths

Location: NW

A. Butterflies & Moths

B. Fritillaries, Nymphalids and Browns (NYMPHALIDAE)

This is a large family containing many of our most colourful and familiar butterflies. Many are strong fliers, with a flapping flight interspersed with glides and swoops. The Fritillaries are predominantly orange with dark markings, and the Browns largely brown, but the Nymphalids have a range of colours.

C. Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

The dark velvety-winged ringlet, with its eye-spot markings, is a common sight from June until August in the cemetery, and relishes the mixture of shady, moist, and sunny positions, preferring least to fly in hot, dry locations. They like feeding on Wild Privet, and the eggs are laid on grasses such as Cock's Foot, False Brome, Tor-grass, and Tufted Hair-grass, all but the latter being common in the cemetery. The sluggish caterpillars are pale buff-coloured.

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Ringlet

Ringlet butterflies like feeding on Wild Privet, and the eggs are laid on grasses such as Cock's Foot, False Brome, Tor-grass, and Tufted Hair-grass, all but the latter being common in the cemetery.

Ringlet

Ringlet butterflies relish Heene Cemetery's mixture of shady, moist, and sunny positions, preferring least to fly in hot, dry locations.