Ringlet butterflies are a hardy bunch, and will often be fluttering about in cloudy spells when most other butterflies have called it a day! These chaps are not rare, but I had not seen them in action until this year; being active on damp grassland they are very prominent on the fields surrounding the garden (Hidcote area is on heavy clay). Although not perhaps as visually arresting as the likes of the Peacock butterfly they are nevertheless fascinating, particularly the caterpillars which are nocturnal and only feed during the night! The foodplants are rough grasses such as meadow grass, and the caterpillars overwinter not entering pupation until the following spring.
|Younger viewers please look away now! Ringlet hanky panky.|