Scientific Name: Aphantopus hyperantus (Nymphalidae Satyrinae).
English Name: Ringlet (Brush-footed butterfly family, Browns sub-family).
French Name: Le Tristan.
5 Key Characters:
- underside has a series of black 'eye's, with white 'pupils' and outlined by yellow.
- medium sized (45 - 53 mm wingspan).
- upperside with some tiny black dots showing through the brown.
- found in damp habitats.
Lookalikes: None in the Touraine Loire Valley or Brenne.
Habitat: Woodland edges, hedges, damp heaths, damp grassland (bocage) and woodland clearings. Avoids dry habitats. Often observed on brambles. Will fly in overcast or even rainy weather.
Flight Period: May-June-July-August-September.
Caterpillar: Host plants grasses (Tor Grass Brachypodium pinnatum, Festuca guestfalica) and sedges.
Status: Very common especially in wet years.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: