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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