Common (Ochre) Ringlet
Coecnonympha tullia ochracea
Satyrs and Wood-nymphs
Appearance: The underside of the forewing is an orange brown color with a prominent pale rimmed black eyespot at the tip of the forewing. The hindwing below is a darker yellow brown with an irregular median band and often some small eyespots along outer edge. Above, both wing surfaces are a pale orange brown.
Size: Small; 1 1/3 to 1 1/2 inches
Habitat: Open grassy areas in a wide variety of habitats; fields, grasslands, meadows
Season: Mid-May to mid-July
Larval Foodplant: Grasses and rushes
Did You Know…
To seek females, males patrol above the tops of grasses with a bouncy flight. There is nothing “common” about this small, warmly colored, butterfly with its weak flight and inconspicuous nature. Some prefer the “ochre” part of the name referring to its warm orange-brown colors above.
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