A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Saturday 28 July 2012

Ringlet Butterfly

The Ringlet is a fairly common butterfly in Britain.  At first you may just dismiss it as a brown butterfly but when its resting as in this photo, taken on Uley Bury, you can see the rings towards the base of the wings which give it it's name. In colour it is all brown which distinguishes it from the Meadow Brown which has patches of gold and yellow.
Ringlets fly in mid summer around grassy, bushy areas and woodland clearings.  This one as you can see was sitting on a bramble above the long grass and the wood was nearby.
We will be making the most of the sunshine today before it disappears again.  We plan to take part in the www.bigbutterflycount.org and encourage our followers to do the same.

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