Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Bramble and Wild Privet flowers are favorite nectar sources, and adults continue to fly with a characteristic bobbing flight in dull, cloudy conditions when most other butterflies are inactive.
Ringlets live in grassy, moist or dry forest clearings with bushes but not in open places. There is a strong degree of attachment to woodland edges and blackberry bushes. The insect can also be very common where there are creeping thistles (Cirsium arvense) or swamp thistles (Cirsium palustre), oregano (Origanum vulgare), forest scabious (Knautia sylvatica), or hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) which are favorite food plants of the imagos.
The males fly in search of newly hatched females in slow, uninterrupted flight and flutter round, about and between grass stems.
* There are approximately 15 subspecies of Ringlet butterflies throughout the world.
Avg. Wingspan: 25.5 - 44.5 mm / 1 - 1 3/4 "
Avg. Body Length: 1.5 cm / .6 "
Diet: caterpillars feed on a variety of grasses such as Cock's-foot and False Broom.
Diet: adults take nectar from the Bramble and Wild Privet flowers.
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera