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Aphantopus hyperantus

Ringlet

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2010

 

Vaud, Switzerland, June 2009

 

Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

 

Vaud, Switzerland, June 2007

 

Pirin Mts, Bulgaria, July 2004

 

Vaud, Switzerland, July 2004

 

Vaud, Switzerland, July 2005

 

Vaud, Switzerland, July 2005

 

SW Slovakia, July 2001

 

Cambridgeshire, UK, June 2000

Female with prominent upperside eyespots

 

Cambridgeshire, UK, June 2000

Male with reduced upperside eye spots

 

Cambridgeshire, UK, June 2000

 

Cambridgeshire, UK, June 2000

 


In central Europe this is a rather widespread and common species in mature deciduous woodlands. It is found as far south as northern Spain where I've never found it and northern Greece. It prefers sunny spots in woodland that is otherwise dark or with only dappled sunlight. It loves bramble blossom and can often be found in good numbers feeding at this plant.

 

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