Ringlet

Aphantopus hyperantus

The Ringlet is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is only one of the numerous "ringlet" butterflies in the tribe Satyrini.
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Appearance

''Aphantopus hyperantus'' is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of up to 35 to 42 millimeters. The wing upper and lower sides are solid brown with small, yellowish-rimmed eye-spots . The number and size of the eye spots is variable, they may be missing on the upper wing surface. In central Europe and southern England the rare form ''arete'' occurs.
The eggs are pale yellow when first laid, but become pale brown.

The caterpillars are about 25 millimeters long. They are grey or light reddish brown and have dark, reddish brown and very fine dots.Dorsally there is a dark longitudinal line, which is widened at the segment boundaries. Toward the rear, this line is more intensely colored. The head is darker and has several faint longitudinal stripes.
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Naming

Status uncertain

⤷ ssp. ''hyperantus'' Linnaeus, 1758 - West Europe The type locality is Sweden

⤷ ssp. ''sibiricus'' Obraztsov, 1936 - the Altai, South Siberia and Transbaikalia

⤷ ssp. ''sajana'' - the Sayan Mountains

⤷ ssp. ''ocellata'' - the Amur and Ussuri

⤷ ssp. ''arctica'' - North Europe

''hyperantus'' is Greek hyper means beyond, over, above. anthos means flower. Also husband of one of the Daughters of Danaus
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Behavior

The female scatters non-adhesive eggs in a slow low flight over grasslands. The larva is nocturnal.There are 4 moults. The larva hibernates while in the 3rd instar, breaking diapause to feed on warm winter evenings during the winter. Feeding resumes in the spring. The pupa stands generally upright in a flimsy silk cocoon, at the base of a grass tussock.This stage lasts for 2 weeks.A. hyperantus is generally considered
to have a closed population structure since it occurring in small, well-defined populations
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Habitat

They 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 or swamp thistles , oregano , Forest scabious , or hogweed which are favourite foodplants of the imagos. The males fly in search of newly hatched females in slow, uninterrupted flight and flutter round , about and between grass stems.
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Reproduction

The caterpillars feed on many grasses.Among the food plants are:

⤷ ''Brachypodium sylvaticum''
⤷ ''Brachypodium pinnatum''
⤷ ''Phleum pratense''
⤷ ''Dactylis glomerata''
⤷ ''Festuca rubra''
⤷ ''Bromus erectus''
⤷ ''Bromus hordeaceus''
⤷ ''Cynosurus cristatus''
⤷ ''Poa pratensis''
⤷ ''Poa nemoralis''
⤷ ''Carex hirta''
⤷ ''Carex strigosa''
⤷ ''Carex sylvatic''
⤷ ''Carex brizoides''
⤷ ''Carex panice''
⤷ ''Agrostis capillaris''
⤷ ''Lilium effusum''
⤷ ''Agropyron repens''
⤷ ''Holcus mollis''
⤷ ''Holcus lanatus''
⤷ ''Deschampsia cespitosa''
⤷ ''Molinia caerulea''
⤷ ''Arrhenatherum elatius''
⤷ ''Calamagrostis epigejos''
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Food

The caterpillars feed on many grasses.Among the food plants are:

⤷ ''Brachypodium sylvaticum''
⤷ ''Brachypodium pinnatum''
⤷ ''Phleum pratense''
⤷ ''Dactylis glomerata''
⤷ ''Festuca rubra''
⤷ ''Bromus erectus''
⤷ ''Bromus hordeaceus''
⤷ ''Cynosurus cristatus''
⤷ ''Poa pratensis''
⤷ ''Poa nemoralis''
⤷ ''Carex hirta''
⤷ ''Carex strigosa''
⤷ ''Carex sylvatic''
⤷ ''Carex brizoides''
⤷ ''Carex panice''
⤷ ''Agrostis capillaris''
⤷ ''Lilium effusum''
⤷ ''Agropyron repens''
⤷ ''Holcus mollis''
⤷ ''Holcus lanatus''
⤷ ''Deschampsia cespitosa''
⤷ ''Molinia caerulea''
⤷ ''Arrhenatherum elatius''
⤷ ''Calamagrostis epigejos''

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyNymphalidae
GenusAphantopus
Species